Simon Townshend tourt 12 dagen door Canada als support act van Heart. Gisteravond had hij het eerste optreden in Penticton.
Een interview met Simon staat op K-Earth 101. Hij praat o.a. over zijn solo-CD “Looking Out, Looking In”.
“The material came really quickly. (…) Now you can just pick up your iPhone and record an idea so you don’t lose ideas and can get the feeling and vibe down on tape. With some of my stuff, I filmed videos out in Japan and put songs to them, put them out myself after that. Like John Lennon was talking about in the ‘60s, songs should be written one day, recorded the next day, and released the next day. Now that actually is possible.”
Over het spelen van clubshows:
“There’s something special about playing nose-to-nose with your audience and seeing the feedback. With something like the Super Bowl, you didn’t even know the audience was there. You could hear in the distance some sort of reaction but you weren’t sure quite what was going on. I’ve had to learn how to deal with both environments. There’s a joy with playing clubs – all bands love to go back to that, even The Who“.
Over het spelen met familieleden:
“Sometimes there’s a bit of fighting, because the family feuding thing is always going to be there. If Pete, for example, is in a bad mood, he might turn to have a go at me over everyone else because I’m his brother. But there’s a certain energy between family members without having to communicate too much. As soon as Ben starts playing drums on my music, it’s like I don’t have to say anything – he just knows what to play. The same can be said with Pete. I really try to play things live that give him a base from which to work. I try not to tread on his feet – might do it every now and again. It’s not that he needs it, but it’s something extra that he gets with me“