“Craziest drummers ever”

Artikel van een tijdje geleden: Esquire heeft een overzicht van de “craziest drummers ever”. Het bevat cartoontekeningen van o.a. Tommy Lee, Ginger Baker en John Bonham. Ook Keith wordt uiteraard genoemd.

“There’s no evidence that Keith Moon of The Who provided the inspiration for the Muppet drummer Animal’s notable incivility, but it makes enough sense that the rumor’s been going around for decades and doesn’t show any sign of going away. His drumming talents were immense, and his capabilities for wreaking havoc were even greater. He one-upped Pete Townshend’s guitar-smashing by periodically rigging his kit with explosives and detonating them at unexpected moments.

He was the first person in recorded history to throw a television out of a hotel-room window. He once accidentally drove over and killed his chauffeur, which is sad and terrible, and yet also about the most perfect embodiment of the collision of vast wealth and an unchecked id that Moon embodied, and which generations of rock stars have tried to achieve”.

Pete en Roger in artikel over telefoons en concerten

The Daily Telegraph heeft een artikel over het filmen tijdens concerten. Zangeres Kate Bush heeft namelijk haar fans gevraagd om geen foto’s en filmpjes te maken tijdens haar komende concertreeks. Ook citaten van Roger en Pete uit de persconferentie worden gebruikt in het artikel.

“Roger Daltrey of The Who recently expressed his frustration at fans who insist on digitally capturing a performance. “I feel sorry for them. Living a life through a screen, not being in the moment totally. I find it weird. They’re all mad,” he said.

But his bandmate, Pete Townshend, argued that allowing fans to take photos and video was a good marketing tool. “I’m for it, really,” he said. “All of these people you could say are doing a job by taking that footage and sharing it. We used to have to pay people to produce stuff for us.

Melvins-zanger: “Pete is een akoestische rock god”

In een interview met Ultimate Classic Rock laat zanger Buzz Osbourne van de Amerikaanse rockgroep The Melvins weten onder de indruk te zijn van Pete’s spel op de akoestische gitaar.

I believe it was the late ’70s, he did a live show where he played Who songs acoustic on a record called ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball,’“, aldus de zanger.  “I believe it was a charity event. But I heard that then, and you know, I realized really quickly that he was the reason why that stuff was good, because he could get up there and play those songs and sing ‘em with an acoustic guitar, and that was really cool“.

Buzzo laat weten beïnvloed te zijn door Pete: “I think that was always in the back of my mind, at least to some degree, how he did that, even if I didn’t want to do it exactly like him. I think that was a big influence, certainly, on what I was doing, but mostly in a philosophical way, more than anything else“.

Chris Charlesworth over “Amazing Journey”

Journalist/schrijver Chris Charlesworth kijkt op zijn weblog Just Back Dated terug op de documentaire “Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who” uit 2007. Op zijn blog zijn overigens meer Who-gerelateerde verhalen te vinden.

“Naturally I’d have preferred less chat and more music, especially as it went on for two hours which was about 30 minutes too long. The new interviews with Roger could have done with editing a bit, and Pete – as ever – was more articulate and candid but hardly revelatory, though both spoke frankly about John’s dodgy financial affairs and both paid handsome tribute to their fallen colleagues“.

Jouw foto in het tourbook?

The Who meldt op Facebook dat er foto’s ingestuurd kunnen worden voor het tourbook van de nieuwe tour.

“The Who Hits 50! Tour begins later this year. To get geared up we’re looking for you, the greatest fans in the world, to scan and email us YOUR favorite Who concert photos, photos with the band, images, ticket stubs, and whatever else you may have taken and collected over the last 50 years. We want to compile an awesome look back at the Who’s amazing 50 year career and create a retrospective tour program and include photos from YOU! If your images are used your name will be presented in the tour program credits.

So, Who Are You? Send us your most exceptional Who concert ticket stub or photograph that you’ve taken and it’ll be considered for The Who’s tour program“.

Voor meer informatie, kijk hier.

Phil Daniels werkt mee aan mods/rockers-docu

Phil Daniels, die Jimmy speelde in de filmversie van “Quadrophenia”, heeft meegewerkt aan een nieuwe documentaire over de strijd tussen de mods en rockers. Dat meldt Digital Spy. De documentaire “Mods and Rockers Rebooted” wordt uitgezonden op vrijdag 22 augustus op BBC1. Deze dag is 50 jaar na de beruchte gevechten op het strand tussen de rivaliserende groeperingen.

Daniels is voiceover in de documentaire, en gaat tevens terug naar alle relevante plekken, om de gebeurtenissen die in 1964 plaatsvonden, in chronologische volgorde te presenteren.

“It will reveal the real people behind the hard-hitting headlines, including interviews with mods and rockers who were there in 1964 (now in their ’60s and ’70s) taking them back to the seaside scenes of their crimes: Clacton, Margate, Brighton and Hastings“, aldus de BBC in een persbericht.

50 jaar geleden: Roger krijgt slaag van schoonvader

Op 11 augustus 1964 – 50 jaar geleden – kreeg Roger slaag van zijn schoonvader. Dat feit meldt Ultimate Classic Rock. Roger was getrouwd met de 16-jarige Jacqueline Rickman, die hoogzwanger was van Simon (hij werd op 22 augustus 1964 geboren). Vader was niet zo gecharmeerd van Roger.

Vlak voor een concert in de Railway Hotel sloeg de schoonvader Roger op zijn gezicht. “Roger’s father-in-law suddenly appeared just as they were about to go on, and dragged Roger outside and hit him. You see, Roger was the only one that was married, but I got the feeling that it wasn’t a very happy marriage. I think he was trying to get out of it“, aldus een medemuzikant, Chris Downing.

Beelden van dat optreden verschenen op de DVD “Amazing Journey:  The Story Of The Who”. De vechtpartij is de reden dat Roger een zonnebril draagt.