THE WHO: Townshend Checks In
Pete Townshend posts an online tour diary.
Pete Townshend has checked in from The Who's Quadrophenia tour, posting the first installment in his "Tour Diary" on the band's website.
He says, "[It was] great to be in the U.S.A. on election day. I would have been happy for either candidate to win. There are pros and cons. The only longing I have is for the President to work more closely with the U.K. than he appears to have done before. As unpopular as they ended up with the deep thinkers, George W. Bush and Tony Blair were friends, and that -- to me -- exemplified what I feel is most important about the relationship between the U.K. and the U.S.A. We are above all else friends. Friendship is not ‘special’ (as in the ‘special relationship’), it is normal, and accepting…"
As for the tour, which started off on a sour note as he walked off stage on the opening night in Miami due to a problem with the sound, he says, "I’m doing great. The stage level is very quiet, and that suits me. I want to hang on to my hearing, which is still good enough to mix music like I did for the Quadrophenia Director’s Cut, and to cut my own demos at home. Roger is singing incredibly well. His vision is an interpretation of Quadrophenia rather than a straight narrative, and that seems to suit the period we are in as the two surviving members of the old Who, and our age. It FEELS great to me (I can’t see the screens behind me and I haven’t been able to see the entire set of projections because I was working right up until rehearsals) and that is the best measure for me. Roger and his creative team have clearly done a great job. The audiences so far have been wonderful, and the shows promise to continue to improve..."
Townshend also hints at The Who doing something more than just "offering prayers" to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The Who is in Greenville, South Carolina Thursday, Greensboro, North Carolina Friday and Pittsburgh on Sunday.