With Led Zeppelin and the remaining Beatles out of the question for the 2012 London Olympics, the organizers of the event approached another rock legend about playing the closing ceremony: Keith Moon, legendary drummer for the Who.
It's always nice when members of at least three of the Big Four Bands of British Rock (The Beatles, The Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin) get together to jam on some old tunes -- and that happened last night, when Paul McCartney (Beatles) invited Roger Daltrey (Who) and Ron Wood (Stones) on stage to perform The Beatles' "Get Back" at London's Albert Hall.
I had been intrigued when I was 13 by seeing Pete Townshend’s name on the back of the album cover for The Who’s rock opera Tommy. As a result, I bought the album and became a huge fan of the music of The Who. You can imagine the feeling of fulfillment almost 30 years later of having John Entwistle introduce me every night onstage within a reference to Pete.
Pete Townshend has announced he was selling the publishing rights to his entire catalog of songs to a firm called the Spirit Music Group, which controls varying degrees of rights to songs by the Grateful Dead, Lou Reed and many other artists.
New details have been released about Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut, a box set that will be released November 15 via Universal Music Enterprises. The reissue of The Who's landmark 1973 album was produced, authorized and overseen by Pete Townshend.
Nineteen hundred and seventy-one. Even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the "classic rock" era, it was a particularly classic year. It was the year of Who's Next, Sticky Fingers and Fragile, albums that are so renowned that we don't have to name the bands that created them (But, just in case, it was The Who, The Rolling Stones and Yes).
The Who's Pete Townshend says Apple -- and with it, iTunes -- is "a digital vampire" that makes new bands "bleed." The guitarist said this and more at the first John Peel Lecture in Salford, England, yesterday, October 31, adding that the internet was "destroying copyright as we know it" and was damaging the growth of new music, reports BBC News.
As we've already reported, The Who will be releasing Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut, a deluxe version of their 1973 album, Quadrophenia, in mid-November. To commemorate the album's release -- and pay homage to 1960s Mod Culture -- The Who are inviting filmmakers and animators to submit a music video for "5:15" that "does for the track what the Quadrophenia film did for the album."
Beginning this year at Radio Festival, there will be an annual lecture on the state of the music industry given by a guest speaker. The series is to be named after esteemed British DJ, journalist and record producer John Peel.