Outside of Saturday Night Live, no other current TV show can boast as many impressive musical guests as The Simpsons. And The Simpsons has the edge because its many musical appearances are actually meant to be funny. Scores of rock icons -- including three Beatles, two Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica -- have appeared on the show as eight-fingered, yellow-tinted versions of themselves.
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.
Who guitarist Pete Townshend has posted on his blog that rumors of his hearing loss have been greatly exaggerated and that the Who plan to perform their epic 1973 concept album Quadrophenia on tour next year.
I've been a huge fan of The Who since discovering Tommy at age 13 during the summer of 1969. (Apparently, a lot of great things happened that summer.) For decades, I listened to, learned and played everything by The Who that I could get my hands on.