Pete: "I can't write hit songs anymore"

The Daily Mail heeft een artikel met citaten uit het interview dat Pete gaf met BBC Radio 2. Het eerste deel wordt vanavond om 23 uur (Nederlandse tijd) uitgezonden.

Over het schrijven van nummers:
Today I just wish that when I walk down to my studio I could sit at my piano and be able to organise my thoughts, pull out one of the sheets of lyrics I have got in front of me, finish the song, record it and put it out on an album“.

Het gelukkigste moment in zijn leven:
Possibly the last gig we did on [the 1989]tour was in London at the Royal Albert Hall I couldnxe2x80x99t have been more happy. I was the happiest I have ever been. I had three million quid in my pocket and I never had to see them again. I was in paradise. I remember being in the shower afterwards and just crying with joy“.


MusicRoom
besteedt een artikel aan de ruzie tussen Pete en Roger tijdens de opnames van Quadrophenia. Tourdates.co.uk heeft dezelfde citaten, en meldt dat Pete toegezegd heeft volgend jaar te gaan touren.

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"Pete Townshend at 66: a remarkable rock legend"

PT2 In een blog op Big Hollywood kijkt Brad Schaeffer terug op het leven van Pete, in het kader van zijn 66e verjaardag.

"Townshendxe2x80x99s compositional range boggles the mind.  From soulful blues to hard rock to flights of acoustic whimsy to psychedelic mind odysseys, he has explored it all.  Want to trip out? Amazing Journey.  Classic power chords? Wonxe2x80x99t Get Fooled Again.  Need to smile? Squeeze Box.  Feeling like an outsider?  Ixe2x80x99m One.  Rebellious? My Generation. Soul-searching rage? Behind Blue Eyes. Politics? White City Fighting. Comfort? Let My Love Open The Door. Domestic bliss? Love Ainxe2x80x99t For Keepinxe2x80x99. Restless freedom? Going Mobile. An unapologetic anthem? Baba Oxe2x80x99Reily. Sexual ambiguity? Rough Boys.  On and on.  Name an emotion and Townshendxe2x80x99s touched upon it in an anthology that stretches over forty-five years.  Has any other modern composer mastered so many styles and voices?"

"Through it all, from the 60xe2x80x99s London club scene, through Woodstock, Live Aid and even  Super Bowl XLIV, Townshend has made an unparalleled mark.  At sixty-six he seems to be coasting towards his twilight years with a quiet dignity that belies his rebellious youth image that now seems out of place for a gifted master."

Schandaal opgerakeld door media

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De media besteden aandacht aan de autobiografie van Pete. Ze kunnen het niet nalaten om het schandaal m.b.t. Operation Ore in 2003 te vermelden. The Sun meldt o.a. "The memoirs that landed Pete Townshend in hot water with police will finally be released. The Who rocker was infamously embroiled in a child pornography scandal in 2003 after accessing obscene material on the internet. He was cautioned by cops for using the illegal sites as part of his research for the tome, prompted by his own childhood traumas".

De NME spreekt van een "paedophilia tackling autobiography".

Nu.nl heeft ook een artikeltje.

Als titel van het boek wordt Who He? genoemd.

 

Pete schrijft memoires zelf

Crain's New York Business heeft nieuws over de autobiografie van Pete.

"Rock legend Pete Townshend is the latest superstar to shop a memoir. And in keeping with his reputation as one of the most literary of rockers, he's writing it himself. Mr. Townshend's London-based agent, Ed Victor, has even sent out a proposal for the book, titled Pete Townshend: Who He? , complete with a sample chapter and outline".

50 feitjes over de SG

SGandPete De Gibson SG bestaat dit jaar 50 jaar en om dat te vieren heeft Gibson.com 50 weetjes over de gitaar op een rijtje gezet. Dat kan natuurlijk niet zonder Pete te noemen.

"41. The earliest live appearance of Pete Townshendxe2x80x99s Gibson SG Specials, used on classic late-xe2x80x9960s to early xe2x80x9970s Who recordings, was in July 1968. The Gibson SG was recommended to Townshend on a visit to the legendary Mannyxe2x80x99s music store, New York City.

42. Townshend loved the SGxe2x80x99s slim neck and physical flexibility: xe2x80x9cThatxe2x80x99s when I started to develop that [neck-bending] technique because you didnxe2x80x99t need a tremolo arm. You could do it by just shaking the guitar,xe2x80x9d he told Sound International. Live versions of The Whoxe2x80x99s xe2x80x9cPinball Wizardxe2x80x9d show the SGxe2x80x99s versatility"

50 feitjes over de SG

SGandPete De Gibson SG bestaat dit jaar 50 jaar en om dat te vieren heeft Gibson.com 50 weetjes over de gitaar op een rijtje gezet. Dat kan natuurlijk niet zonder Pete te noemen.

"41. The earliest live appearance of Pete Townshendxe2x80x99s Gibson SG Specials, used on classic late-xe2x80x9960s to early xe2x80x9970s Who recordings, was in July 1968. The Gibson SG was recommended to Townshend on a visit to the legendary Mannyxe2x80x99s music store, New York City.

42. Townshend loved the SGxe2x80x99s slim neck and physical flexibility: xe2x80x9cThatxe2x80x99s when I started to develop that [neck-bending] technique because you didnxe2x80x99t need a tremolo arm. You could do it by just shaking the guitar,xe2x80x9d he told Sound International. Live versions of The Whoxe2x80x99s xe2x80x9cPinball Wizardxe2x80x9d show the SGxe2x80x99s versatility"