News archive 2016

Pete Townshend posts heartfelt tribute to David Bowie

January 12, 2016

Pete Townshend posts heartfelt tribute to David Bowie

Pete Townshend has issued a lovely statement about his longtime friend David Bowie. In his blog posted on thewho.com yesterday, Pete said “For those who were his fans he was a charismatic and exotic creature and still gloriously beautiful even as he approached 70. But face to face he was funny, clev...

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Pete records new acoustic songs in a studio near Detroit!

February 28, 2016

Pete records new acoustic songs in a studio near Detroit!

Pete Townshend booked into The 45 Factory in Waterford, Michigan on Friday night to cut a few tracks for an acoustic project that he is working on. The 45 Factory is a vintage inspired recording studio located 20 Miles North of Detroit, where The Who kicked off their US leg of the tour the following...

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The Who hit New York!

March 5, 2016

The Who hit New York!

The final leg of the Who Hits 50 tour got off to an excellent start last week, as Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey capped off a successful opening week with a riveting concert in New York City Thursday night, followed by a rare U.S. TV appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday. Chec...

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Who Cares and Teen Cancer America launch new lounge at Memorial Sloan …

March 21, 2016

Who Cares and Teen Cancer America launch new lounge at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey attended the launch of The Lounge at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on Friday, March 18. The space designed for teen and young adult patients was made possible by a generous donation of $1 million by The Who’s charity Who Cares, in collab...

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In fond memory of Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman

March 30, 2016

In fond memory of Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman

We are sad to announce that Andy "Thunderclap" Newman has passed away this week. Andy was the keyboard player of the 1960's band Thunderclap Newman. Pete Townshend put the band together to record for The Who's label Track Records in late 1968, and produced their critically acclaimed album Hollywood ...

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The Who to play Desert Trip festival in October!

May 3, 2016

The Who to play Desert Trip festival in October!

After weeks of rumours and speculation followed by sound bite videos from the artists mysteriously proclaiming “October”, the mega concert featuring The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters was officially announced today. The “Desert Trip” festival will take pl...

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Happy 71st birthday Pete!

May 19, 2016

Happy 71st birthday Pete!

Happy birthday to Pete Townshend, who turns 71 years young today! Pete has been showing us all how to live our lives to the fullest potential by continuing to burn up stages with The Who, proving that they are still the greatest live rock and roll band in the world! Pete's performances have been ab...

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Pete and Roger receive Gershwin Award at UCLA Spring Sing

May 30, 2016

Pete and Roger receive Gershwin Award at UCLA Spring Sing

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were the recipients of the prestigious George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at the 2016 Spring Sing that was put on by the UCLA Student Alumni Association.  They were presented with a trophy at the ceremonies held at the Pauley Pavilion...

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The Who perform private charity show to raise funds for TCA

June 3, 2016

The Who perform private charity show to raise funds for TCA

The Who closed out their North American leg of The Who Hits 50 tour with “Who Cares About The Next Generation”, a private charity event to benefit Teen Cancer America and the UCLA Autism Treatment Program. The show took place on May 31 in the back yard of a private residence located in the posh Paci...

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New Pete Townshend Limited Edition Stratocaster!

July 20, 2016

New Pete Townshend Limited Edition Stratocaster!

Fender Custom Shop have announced an upcoming release of the Limited Edition Pete Townshend Stratocaster. Pete has been primarily using Fender Stratocasters on stage with The Who since 1989, which have been a good match with his Fender Vibro-King amplifiers to help create his signature sound for nea...

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The Who to perform acoustic Tommy at 100th TCT show

July 29, 2016

The Who to perform acoustic Tommy at 100th TCT show

Next spring marks the 100th show to support Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, where Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have been patrons of the annual TCT fundraising effort since 2000. To celebrate, The Who have announced two special concerts featuring a new acoustic arrangement of Tommy...

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Pete Townshend Deep End concert to be released in September

August 18, 2016

Pete Townshend Deep End concert to be released in September

Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced the release of Pete Townshend’s Deep End: Face The Face, the 1986 solo performance from Cannes that was originally broadcast on the German TV program Rockpalast. The show has been restored, and a CD and DVD will hit the stores on September 16. No word yet on i...

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The Who featured on new Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame vinyl release

August 26, 2016

The Who featured on new Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame vinyl release

The Who’s 1990 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performance of Pinball Wizard will be released on "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live Volume 2", a limited edition orange and red swirl 180g vinyl record that will hit the stores on September 16. All proceeds from the sales will go to hel...

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The Who hits Europe!

September 20, 2016

The Who hits Europe!

The Who tour rolled through Europe this past week, wrapping up a whirlwind 5 show mini tour in Milan, Italy Monday night. Fans in Germany, Austria and Italy were thrilled with the performances, and were happy when Pete attempted to chat with them in their native language during the banter between so...

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Desert Trip Festival a huge success!

October 19, 2016

Desert Trip Festival a huge success!

The Who turned in smoking hot performances at the Desert Trip Festival in Indio, California on October 9 & 16, headlining with legendary artists Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and Roger Waters, who closed out the final show last Sunday. The reviews for everyone on the bil...

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Exclusive new interview with Tim Gorman!

November 13, 2016

Exclusive new interview with Tim Gorman!

Tim Gorman has the distinction of being one of the few keyboard players who has both recorded and toured with The Who. In 1982, he recorded electric piano and synthesisers on The Who’s “It’s Hard” album, and played keyboards on the accompanying “The Who Across America” tour. Tim's Who connections da...

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Pete releases set of demos for My Generation box set

December 3, 2016

Pete releases set of demos for My Generation box set

Pete Townshend has released a set of 11 demos that he recorded in his home studio in 1964-65 for The Who’s new “My Generation Super Deluxe” 5-disc box set. Disc 5 is titled CD5: Primal Scoop – The Demos, and contains early versions of many of the songs from The Who’s first album, as well as 3 songs ...

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