Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey here In the Studio hosting the fiftieth anniversary of The Who “Live at Leeds” , with archival classic rock interview from the late John Entwistle .
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The Who Live at Leeds may have been the first live album I ever bought, but it’s safe to say that it has since remained a benchmark with which to compare a half century of live performance pretenders to the throne of anything demonstrably better.
By April 1980 we in the rock music world were beginning to miss Townshend’s new music, which had been a pretty consistent mainstay of rock’n’roll for fifteen years prior but had been understandably MIA since the sudden death of madcap Who drummer Keith Moon in 1978. Townshend filled Empty Glass with his grief over the loss of his friend, as well as very personal subjects including alcoholism, adult relationships, and his conflicted reaction to Punk Rock in the songs”Rough Boys”,”A Little is Enough”,”Gonna Get Ya”, and pop spiritual”Let My Love Open the Door”, a Top Five US hit.
Woodstock Festival was unequaled in sheer scale, still heard fifty years later in the voices of Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, the late Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years After,
The golden anniversary of “Tommy” pt 2 with Pete Townshend In the Studio.
Pete Townshend joins Redbeard In the Studio on “Tommy” ‘s 50th anniversary, part 1 of 2.
(cont)… As The Who’s recognized Quadrophenia auteur , Townshend has assessed their almost half-century of musical creation and found it to be good . Pete is a delightful , witty , thoughtful , and refreshingly honest conversationalist who can easily and effectively examine The Who’s epic 1973 opus through a slightly-detached , objective eye which only the passage of time , and maturity , can provide . -Redbeard
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey join me In the Studio in this interview for the first in a two-part look at Quadrophenia , the last word on Townshend’s October 1973 rock opera, which certainly is much more appreciated today than upon its initial release …(more)
“In the case of The Who, the thing that comes across for me is that The Who started as a Pop band. Good Pop possibly is the sublime and the ridiculous, the important and the absurd.” – Pete Townshend
The mid-Eighties was a most difficult time for the titans of rock’s Second Generation. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Who were no longer recording, touring, and in some cases even SPEAKING together. Rock’n’roll was officially in full-blown midlife crisis …