News archive 2013

Pete donates sailing dinghies to Antigua’s NSAA

January 15, 2013

Pete donates sailing dinghies to Antigua’s NSAA

Pete made a very generous personal donation to the National Sailing Academy of Antigua last Friday, when he presented the charity with six Laser Pico sailing dinghies. Pete was approached by a volunteer from the organization when he was on holiday, and agreed to help out the NSAA, whose sole purpose...

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Pete receives top honors in Guitar World poll

January 18, 2013

Pete receives top honors in Guitar World poll

Pete has been entered into the Guitar World Hall of Fame as the winner of the 2012 readers Poll. He is featured on the cover of the Feb 13 issue of Guitar World, which includes an in-depth look at Pete’s work from 1969 to 1973. Congratulations Pete! The Who are also featured on the cover of the Jan...

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Grammy Museum book signing Jan 30

January 24, 2013

Members of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attend a book signing that is scheduled to take place in the afternoon before the Who perform at the Staples Center. The following information was sent out to members of the museum. Book Signing: Pete Townshend, Who I AmWedne...

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Pete received Les Paul award at 2013 NAMM Show

January 27, 2013

Pete received Les Paul award at 2013 NAMM Show

Pete was presented with the Les Paul award at the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio that was held at the 2013 NAMM Show on January 25th at the Hilton Anaheim. Speakers included John Sebastian (who was the emcee of the show) and Martin Lewis (producer of the Secret Policemans Ball).  Mick J...

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Pete and Roger on BBC Breakfast

January 30, 2013

Pete and Roger were featured on BBC1 Breakfast on January 29, following the announcement of the Who's upcoming European tour of Quadrophenia. The segment was also shown on BBC World News on PBS. To watch a video of their interview, please visit the BBC website.

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Philly book event serialized on Huff Post

February 4, 2013

The Huffington Post blog kicked off a 4 part feature that includes a serialized video of Pete's appearance at the Philadelphia Free Library that took place on October 10, 2012.  The blog entries include a nice write up from Pete regarding his experience of doing these book events. "I enjoyed t...

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Pete chats about Ireland tour

February 11, 2013

Pete discussed the upcoming Ireland concerts with the Irish promoters at MCD Productions while backstage at a recent concert in the US. The Who will open their European tour in Dublin on June 8, followed by a show in Belfast on June 10.

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The Who end North American tour with benefit show

March 1, 2013

The Who end North American tour with benefit show

After wrapping up their North American Quadrophenia tour in Providence, The Who gave one last performance at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Feb 28, where they topped the bill for the Who Cares concert to benefit Teenage Cancer America. Also on the bill was Elvis Costello & The Im...

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New interview with Pete on Spinner

March 11, 2013

During the US tour, Pete was interviewed by Karen Bliss for Spinner. There are some good quotes as he talks about his autobiography, and answers questions about his life story.  The full interview is posted on the spinner.com website. Here are a few quick ones from the interview. “I had grown...

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Behind the scene details of the Quad Tour

March 21, 2013

Behind the scene details of the Quad Tour

If you have ever wondered about what goes on with the technical wizardry that is required to put on a big rock concert, there is a terrific new article in Lighting and Sound America that takes an in-depth look at producing the Quadrophenia tour. Included in the fascinating discussion are the technic...

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Pete in May issue of Uncut magazine

March 28, 2013

Pete in May issue of Uncut magazine

Pete is featured on the cover of the May issue of Uncut. There is a six page article where Pete chats about the wild early days of the Who, including their performances at the Marquee Club in London. Uncut has a short blurb about it up on their site here. To purchase the magazine, please visit uncu...

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New interviews with MSN and LeParisien

April 4, 2013

New interviews with MSN and LeParisien

Promotion for Pete’s book continues with a couple of new articles. There is a great interview with Pete up on entertainment.ca.msn website that was conducted at the end of the recent US tour. Pete chats about a wide range of topics, including the Quadrophenia tour, his song writing techniques, remot...

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Tommy musical comes to Stratford Festival in Ontario

April 5, 2013

Tommy musical comes to Stratford Festival in Ontario

Des McAnuff, the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival, will be reuniting with his original 1993 Tony award winning team to bring Tommy to the festival in Ontario this spring. The musical will be staged at the Avon Theatre May 4 to October 19, opening on May 30. Tickets and information are av...

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Samaritan Mag covers Pete’s charity history

April 16, 2013

Samaritan Mag covers Pete’s charity history

There is an excellent new article in Samaritan Mag that outlines Pete's philanthropy work, including details of the Double O, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Who Cares charities, along with a variety of other causes that Pete has supported over the years. There is also an interview with Pete, who discusse...

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Previews of Tommy musical kick off at Stratford Festival

May 5, 2013

The revived musical stage production of Tommy began previews at the Stratford Festival yesterday, and is scheduled to run May 30 through October 19.  Opening night came a day after Des McAnuff received Canada’s highest civilian honour, when he was invested into the Order of Canada for a lifeti...

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New Quadrophenia stage productions page is up!

May 8, 2013

New Quadrophenia stage productions page is up!

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the UK stage production of Quadrophenia, which opened on May 9, 2009 at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. To celebrate this event, we have posted a Quadrophenia stage productions page in the Musicals section of this site.  Many thanks to Tom Critchley for dona...

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Pete joins Tommy cast for the curtain call last night!

May 15, 2013

Pete joins Tommy cast for the curtain call last night!

The previews of Tommy at the Stratford Festival in Ontario have been a huge success so far, and the audience was treated to an extra special moment as Pete joined the cast onstage to take a bow Wednesday night. Pete has been in town to help promote the show, which officially opens on May 30.  ...

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New interviews in Toronto Star and CBC

May 16, 2013

Pete has been busy this past week on his visit to Ontario to help promote the Stratford Festival production of Tommy.  He was interviewed on Giant FM earlier in the week, and this morning he appeared on Q on CBC radio. To listen to the full uncut interview with Pete, please visit the CBC Radio ...

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Happy birthday Pete!

May 18, 2013

Happy birthday Pete!

Many happy returns!  We all love ya!!!

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Pete's interview with Giant FM on video

May 23, 2013

Pete's interview with Giant FM on video

Pete Townshend recently sat down backstage at the Stratford Festival with Mike Tyler, the afternoon drive guy on Giant FM, for a chat about the Stratford production of Tommy, The Who's 50th anniversary plans, Pete's new book, and more. Here is a video of that conversation.

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Opening night of Tommy at the Stratford Festival

May 30, 2013

Opening night of Tommy at the Stratford Festival

After weeks of preview performances, the Des McAnuff production of Tommy officially opens tonight at the Avon Theatre in Stratford Ontario. It will run through the summer, with the final performance on October 19. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Stratford Festival websi...

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Twentieth anniversary of Psychoderelict!

June 4, 2013

Twentieth anniversary of Psychoderelict!

Psychoderelict was released in the UK twenty years ago on June 4, 1993, with a US release date of June 15. To celebrate, we have posted a new history page in the Musicals section of the site! To read all about Pete’s groundbreaking production, go to the Psychoderelict page.

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Interview on BBC World News

June 7, 2013

Interview on BBC World News

To help promote the Quadrophenia European tour that kicks off on June 8, there will be a 30 minute program on the BBC World News featuring an interview with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey that will be broadcast on June 8 (1:30 & 8:30 GMT) and June 9 (14:30 & 20:30 GMT).  This will be ...

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The Who Quadrophenia European tour kicks off!

June 11, 2013

The Who Quadrophenia European tour kicks off!

The European leg of the Quadrophenia tour got off to a great start this week with a couple of shows in Ireland before the band head up to Scotland, followed by shows in London and around the UK. The Who continue to be in top form following their critically acclaimed tour of the US earlier in the yea...

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New Irish Jack story about Dublin!

June 19, 2013

New Irish Jack story about Dublin!

Irish Jack has very kindly contributed a fabulous story to petetownshend.net to help celebrate the recent Who performance in Dublin. The story is featured on the Dublin concert page. As always, Jack demonstrates a real flair for combining personal anecdotes about his long time friendship with Pete T...

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Happy birthday to The Iron Man!

June 27, 2013

Happy birthday to The Iron Man!

The studio album of The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend was released 24 years ago on June 27, 1989. The musical project is based on a children's book written by Ted Hughes, and was later turned into a full blown stage production, which debuted at the Young Vic Theatre in London's West End in...

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Pete chats about TubeTraps

June 30, 2013

For those of you who have gone to a recent Who show, you may have wondered about the big black tubes that are arranged around the stage.  These contraptions are called “TubeTraps”, which are used to trap bass frequencies and help to improve sound acoustics. For more information, please visit t...

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Quadrophenia tour ends with Double O benefit show

July 9, 2013

Quadrophenia tour ends with Double O benefit show

The Who wrapped up their European tour last night at Wembley Arena with a show to benefit Pete’s Double O charity, in support of Refuge, an organization for women and children against domestic violence.  To learn more and to donate to Refuge, please visit refuge.org.uk.The Quadrophenia tour was...

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Kids from Livewire Youth Music visit Pete in Liverpool

July 16, 2013

Kids from Livewire Youth Music visit Pete in Liverpool

A group of members from the Livewire Youth Music charity in Saltash, Cornwall had the opportunity of a lifetime a couple weeks ago, when they were invited to attend a performance of Quadrophenia and go backstage to meet Pete.  According to an article in This is Somerset, Pete has been backing L...

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Pete guests on new Roy Harper album

July 28, 2013

Pete guests on new Roy Harper album

Pete is one of the featured guest artists on legendary folk artist Roy Harper’s upcoming album entitled Man & Myth, which is scheduled to be released on September 23.  Pete has added lead guitar to a track called Cloud Cuckooland. Roy Harper was recently interviewed by MOJO magazine’s Edit...

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Pete discusses One Direction controversy

August 15, 2013

There has been a fair amount of discussion across the social media sites regarding the new single by One Direction entitled "Best Song Ever".  The opening chords of the song sound very much like Baba O'Riley, and the band has been criticized for copying The Who's classic hit. Pete Townshend ha...

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Who I Am is now available in paperback

August 31, 2013

Who I Am is now available in paperback

Pete Townshend’s critically acclaimed best selling autobiography ‘Who I Am’ is now out in paperback, sporting different covers for the UK and US publications.  The US edition includes a new afterword written by Pete! The afterword is available to view as part of the preview on the Barnes and No...

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Pete in Menorca sailboat regata

September 3, 2013

Pete in Menorca sailboat regata

Pete participated in the Panerai Trophy classic yachts race over the weekend in Menorca, a beautiful Island off the coast of Spain. Pete’s sailboat EVA – an 8 metre Fife from 1906 – received a cup for coming in third in her class (small Gaffers) over three races. The 12 metre KELPIE (designed by Alf...

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Rockers on Broadway to honor Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff

October 4, 2013

Rockers on Broadway to honor Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY will celebrate 20 years with a charity concert at SoHo’s le Poisson Rouge on Bleeker Street, NYC on November 11. The show will be presented by the PATH Fund (Performing Artists That Help), and will benefit the ASCAP Foundation’s Children Will Listen program, The Broadway Dreams F...

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Pete picks up a couple more BMI awards for CSI

October 17, 2013

Pete picks up a couple more BMI awards for CSI

Pete Townshend was presented with BMI TV Music awards for CSI and CSI: NY at the 2013 BMI London Awards that were held on October 15, 2013.  Congratulations Pete! This brings Pete’s total BMI TV Music awards for CSI up to 17.  Here is a list of his wins since 2001.   2013: 2 awards ...

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Pete attends launch event for new Tommy box set and documentary

October 23, 2013

Pete attends launch event for new Tommy box set and documentary

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey hit the red carpet at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith yesterday to talk to the press about the upcoming Tommy (Super Deluxe edition) box set that will be released on November 11, and to view a screening of “Sensation – The Story Of The Who’s Tommy”, a brand new ...

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Trailer and interview for new Tommy documentary

October 24, 2013

Here is a short preview of "Sensation: The Story of The Who's Tommy", a new documentary which airs October 25, 26 and 28 on BBC4, and an extended version for the US will air November 9 on BBC America. A DVD will be released in March 2014. Lawrence Ball conducted a 30 minute interview with Martin ...

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Pete Townshend speaks of Meher Baba - a new history page!

November 9, 2013

Pete Townshend speaks of Meher Baba - a new history page!

The teachings of Indian spiritual master Meher Baba were a heavy influence on Pete Townshend during his peak creative period as a composer in the late 60’s and throughout the 70’s, inspiring such masterworks as Tommy, Baba O’Riley, Drowned, and many other of Pete’s greatest compositions. We have pu...

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New interview with Pete on BBC Radio 6

November 13, 2013

New interview with Pete on BBC Radio 6

Pete sat down with Matt Everitt at his studio in Richmond to chat about the new Tommy box set, a 50th Anniversary tour with The Who in 2015, and his upcoming solo project. The interview aired on BBC Radio 6 this morning, and is available online for 7 days on the BBC website. UPDATE: The full interv...

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Pete appears in Peter Blake special on BBC

November 26, 2013

Pete appears in Peter Blake special on BBC

Pete contributed to the BBC documentary "Under Milk Wood in Pictures: Peter Blake Does Dylan", which aired November 25 on BBC One. The film chronicles the making of Peter Blake's groundbreaking art work that was inspired by the Dylan Thomas play, which will be on display at the National Museum of Wa...

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Pete featured in article on history of Marshall Stacks

December 5, 2013

Pete featured in article on history of Marshall Stacks

Premier Guitar has posted an article about the history of the Marshall Amplifier, and how Pete Townshend contributed to the design of the famous Marshall JTM45/100 amp stacks that helped revolutionize the sound of rock and roll back in the 60’s. Photo: ALAMY Here are a few excerpts.  To read ...

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History page about IN THE ATTIC is up!

December 16, 2013

History page about IN THE ATTIC is up!

IN THE ATTIC was a musical chat internet show that was webcast live and streamed weekly on Towser TV, a 24 hour web channel that was hosted on petetownshend.com. The show was co-hosted by Pete’s partner Rachel Fuller and her songwriting friend Mikey Cuthbert, and featured Pete and his brother Simon ...

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