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November 21, 2012

Pete Townshend – Tour Diary

From Pete Townshend’s Tour Diary – November 21st 2012


I have been spreading rumours that Rachel and I would be premiering our orchestral version of Quadrophenia at the Royal Albert Hall Teenage Cancer concert in March 2013. Now we have decided that because the Who tour extends into March and probably beyond into April in the UK that it would be too much for me personally. Rachel’s score sounds wonderful, and will certainly be premiered some time in 2013 or 2014. More on this later.


Meanwhile The Who are now in Canada. Montreal was great. Ottawa tonight. Looking forward to it.


- Pete Townshend,  November 21st 2012

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28 Responses to Pete Townshend – Tour Diary

Les says: November 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Pete, though I would listen to any rendition of Quadrophenia of any kind, I would say don’t spend YOUR energy on a play version. Orchestral would be fine where someone else is actually doing the groundwork. I think you could do some wonders going the technological way, as in experimental/electronic renditions of any of your material. I’m saying that something YOU would do well given all the tools. It would be fun for us long time listeners to have a new slant on the classics… and just may gain some fresh interest from the kids out there.

Just a Thought from the chair,


Mark Cayer says: November 22, 2012 at 5:09 am

Thank you so much for coming to Ottawa!
Just got home from a fantastic show and yes … we are having a cup of tea :)

The show was truly amazing.
Wishing you all the best for the rest of the tour and beyond.

Mark & Morgan in Ottawa.

Brad Blake says: November 22, 2012 at 1:27 am

Hello Pete! First I’ve heard of an orchestral version of my favorite piece of rock music (Quad in entirety). I’ve always thought of it as your version of Mahler’s 2nd or Ludwig’s 9th or some such awesome piece of work, and I can’t wait to hear what Rachel and you create :-) Sadly missing this East Coast tour, but all set for San Jose (okay Oakland) and The Joint in Vegas. And most of all, I’m happy that you are getting a kick out of playing and touring! Cheers from the Left Coast and Bay Area.


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