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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

mike peereboom says: November 23, 2012 at 8:41 am

Thanks for letting me relive my youth with my 2 sons accompanying me. I had the honour of seeing Keith play his last show at Maple Leaf Gardens Oct 31 1976 and have been waiting since then to hear Quadrophenia played in it`s entirety, A class act from start to finish. I was emotionally drained and my sons shared the sentiment.God bless you all!

Susan and Glen Pettinger says: November 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thanks so much for putting Ottawa on your tour. We are still blown away by the energy and jaw dropping performance! This was a show that will not fade from memory for years to come. We always loved your music but what we experienced last night was so much more. By the way, are you willing to divulge your secret to staying so young? You look marvelous!

Robert Spooner says: November 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Pete, I caught both the Montreal and Ottawa shows with my son (the next Generation of Who fan). You guys sounded and looked fantastic. Thank you for all the music and memories, The Who is the best…. On a side note, your book is a GREAT read, I loved it.

John Perry says: November 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Thankyou for coming to Ottawa and playing my favorite album. Your generosity in undertaking the tremendous physical and emotional personal effort to produce such a dauntingly complex show pays tribute to the honest humility you expressed so well when you said at the end of the show last night that you “came to play these songs, not for us, but because they belong to you now”.

Special thanks to Roger for kicking your scrawny ass all over Kingdom Come to tour and celebrate the seminal acheivement that your Quadrophenia project is.

Loved the video tributes to John and Keith.

I am very happy you are able to share this experience with Simon, a great gig to share this with a brother.

Congratulations to Zakk on ably filling very big shoes. Tell Pino to crank it up and take over the song more confidently when its his time to shine and showcase the extrordinary bass lines from this music.

Best of luck in balance of the tour and I’m chipping in some dough into the teen cancer fund.


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