"New book on The Who trashes the band"

TOTG Een tijdje geleden alweer, in juni 2009, verscheen het boek Twilight Of The Gods van Tony Klinger. In dit boek werd vooral de problematiek rondom de totstandkoming van de film The Kids Are Alright belicht.

MGK heeft nu een recensie van het boek online gezet.

"Throughout the book, which reads like a vendetta against Curbishley and, to a lesser extent, Stein, he portrays Keith Moon as insane, exhausting, yet ultimately endearing as everyone on the project is seemingly aware that he was on the verge of a fatal burnout; Daltrey as impatient, tough, and stubborn to a fault; Townshend as elitist and cruel, and John Entwistle mind-numbingly boring, dark, possibly stupid — and on one occasion, overtly Anti-Semitic in front of the executive team who were all Jews", zo valt te lezen.

Maar in het artikel wordt ook Keith's assistent Dougal Butler aangehaald. Hij meldt echter:
"They had a rapport between them and I wish I had a movie camera around them. Around Pete and Keith — and also John, 'cause John had a very dark humor as well. And to see them three together was better than Monty Python. It was just funny. A very quick witted thing, y'know that you think 'Jesus! Where do they think of that from?' And it was just — they would have the whole road crew and everyone around them at the time in just fits of laughter. And they were great, great days."


Gibson brengt SG Special 60s Tribute op de markt

Gitaarbouwer Gibson brengt een nieuwe SG op de markt, de Special 60s Tribute.

"What do Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, and Tony Iommi all have in common? Back in the '60s, each of these legendary guitarists played a Gibson SG Special with P-90 pickups–and made music history in the process. To bring this beloved rocker back to guitarists in the 21st century, Gibson USA introduces the SG Special '60s Tribute, a guitar that honors the beloved SG Specials of nearly 50 years ago, in an instrument primed with the tone, versatility, and playability demanded by modern musicians."

Verslag Farner Benefit

Op Talkbass Forum stond een verslag van het Farner Benefit, tevens de slotdag van het Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp.

"A few tunes later, Roger Daltrey himself made his way to center stage with Simon Kirke of Bad Company on drums, Richie on guitar, Kip on acoustic, Rudy on bass and everybody singing background vocals. The crowd was full of people in Who shirts and everybody was very excited to see him. From up close, it was easy to see that the mighty Daltrey, bare chested, fringed- vested hero of 70's rock is, in fact, a gnarly little dwarf. He's a wee little fella, bless him. Anyway, after the set kicked off, he strangely decided to sing "Born To Run", but not before tersely asking all the musicians to turn down- somewhat sapping the song of any power it might have had. As someone who has seen the Who many times, I have previously experienced Roger's vocal problems and it quickly became apparent that he was having some troubles-(…) Sadly, Roger chose to keep drawing attention to the trouble he was having, sticking both fingers in his ears and grimacing at the monitors. After the song, he announced that couldn't hear himself one bit, and that they had spent an hour soundchecking that afternoon and he couldn't believe what a fu**ing waste that had been. In fact, he said that he had heard about this good cause and wanted to help, but was starting to think that had bitten off more than he could chew and perhapsxe2x80xa6Mark Hudson began making helpful, positive smiles and shoulder rubs and checking the mics, asking the monitor person to please turn the vocals up- which naturally resulted in a load honk of feedback.

Convinced to soldier on, Roger called for "Mannish Boy"- a dead simple blues in E that he should have been able to hit out of the park with ease. (…)

After this song, Roger muttered more about the crappy monitors, said that the band was really messing him up and said "Rock and roll fantasy? More like a nightmare" to nervous laughter, but the he flashed a Roger Daltrey smile and everybody relaĆ­ as he said "Still, it's a good cause." Mark Hudson prevailed on him to sing a Who song (….) Roger said "The last thing I want to do is sing Who songs with a ****** PA and an unrehearsed band" which felt very uncool considering the caliber of musicians on stage and the fact that they had, in fact, rehearsed the songs with him. He launched into "My Generation" (..) He cut the band after the first verse and said "these guys are not together, let's start it again" and then- as a lifelong Who fan it pains me to say this- Roger kept ****ing up the form of the song. I know it sounds impossible, but I'm telling you he missed every chance to cue the band for the modulations and stops. Everybody on stage was intently looking to him, hoping to follow his cues, but there were none to be had.

Next, he asked for an acoustic (…) and did a new Pete Townshend song ("2000 years") and then a very good "Behind Blue Eyes" with everyone singing along. After a quick run through of "Stand By Me", Nona Hendryx (of Labelle) stepped up to deliver the big finish with a rousing soulful take on Joe Cocker's version of "With A Little Help From My Friends" that saw her coaxing the mighty Rog into actually enjoying himself, and then they finished with Queen' "I Want It All". The ensemble exited to generous applause."

Meer berichten over Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

Verschillende Amerikaanse kranten besteden aandacht aan het Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp. In de NY Post is o.a. te lezen:

"When Daltrey joined us on the third day of camp, he managed not to drool. And as we launched into our well-honed version of "Baba Oxe2x80x99Reily," he honored us by actually grabbing Christyxe2x80x99s mic and covering the verses when she flubbed some of the lyrics. Even in a lousy practice room with a tiny P.A., Daltrey sounded great. And even with a band of amateurs, he gave it his all xe2x80″ mostly to Hemme.
He put his arm around her. He ran his fingers through her hair. And as they sang chorus after chorus and moved on to "My Generation," I got to look at the back of his head. (Turns out the pinball wizard has a slight case of dandruff.) Our encounter with the rock legend ended in five minutes with a crescendo of power chords and drum rolls. Roger shook hands, signed memorabilia and posed for a few pictures. It was fun, for sure, but far from the high point of my 25 years playing in bands".

630 WPRO heeft eveneens een bericht.

"As for the rest of Daltrey's year, though he'd previously hinted that the Who were planning to hit the road at some point in 2011, he says nothing's in the cards "for the moment."  Daltrey tells us, "I've been 45 years on the road…I can take a break now and again!""

NY Times over Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

NY Times heeft een artikel geplaatst over het Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, waar Roger vorig weekend aan deelnam.

Op de vraag waarom hij steeds terug kwam naar het Camp, antwoordde hij:
"Ixe2x80x99ve had people tell me that I shouldnxe2x80x99t be doing this, that itxe2x80x99s bad for my image or my credibility. But thatxe2x80x99s rubbish. Look, Ixe2x80x99ve been on the road for more than 45 years now, and this reminds me of why I chose to do this in the first place. Itxe2x80x99s all so positive, and everybody is having so much fun. And if people like me, with my stature, didnxe2x80x99t support this, it wouldnxe2x80x99t exist. So whatxe2x80x99s bad about that?"

"Geen album of tour in 2011"

Planet Rock meldt dat er gxc3xa9xc3xa9n tour of album zal komen in 2011.

Roger Daltrey has revealed that The Who will NOT be touring in 2011, nor will they be releasing a new album.
In an interview following The Who's performance at the Killing Cancer show in London last week Daltrey revealed that they were still being cautious over Pete Townshend's hearing and that he himself needed a break.

It had been widely reported that The Who would be playing live dates this year, and it was hoped that their long rumoured new rock opera Floss would be released at some point.

Meest invloedrijke gitaristen: Pete op #2

Op de site van Gibson staat een lijst met de tien invloedrijkste gitaristen. Pete staat op nummer 2. Hij moet alleen Chuck Berry voor laten gaan.

Windmilled power chords, controlled feedback and calypso-on-steroids strumming continue to be the hallmarks of Pete Townshendxe2x80x99s pioneering style. Live, Townshendxe2x80x99s playing often takes on an orchestral power, as it approximates the majestic sweep of such masterworks as Tommy, Whoxe2x80x99s Next and Live at Leeds. Asked about the origins of feedback as musical texture, Jimmy Page once observed, xe2x80x9cPete Townshend obviously was the one xe2x80xa6 who made the use of feedback more his style.xe2x80x9d

Andere namen in de lijst zijn o.a. Tony Iommi, The Edge, Bo Diddley en Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead).