THE WHO: Townshend Remembers (audio)
Pete Townshend has posted a tribute on The Who's website to their late manager, Chris Stamp, who died last week in New York from cancer at the age of 70.
In part he writes, "He was tough, kind, creative and fun to be around. I can’t think of anyone with whom it was better to brainstorm. For me, our best idea will always be The Who Sell Out. We got so excited when we figured we could sell advertising space between tracks on our records. Why leave that income to radio stations and pop magazines? We weren’t prepared for how irritated those guys would be with the idea..."
Townshend continued, "In his last days, despite terrible pain, we who were lucky enough to spend time with him, felt the presence of angels (or something like that) around him. There was a different kind of light in the room when he was fighting back at his cancer... Roger [Daltrey] became especially close to Chris in recent years, all past arguments and complaints forgotten. Love prevailed between them. I never lost touch with Chris because together we continued to be partners in Fabulous Music who published all the early Who music in the U.K. and Europe. I will miss him, but remember him with real gratitude and pleasure -- always."
Townshend has also posted tributes to two other friends who recently passed -- Mike Shaw, a member of The Who's staff in the '60s, and booking agent Frank Barsalona.
The Who take their Quadrophenia tour to Chicago for two shows Thursday and Friday.