Pete Townshend is getting increasingly political as he ages. To celebrate his 70th birthday, the Who guitarist and songwriter took on the American military prison in Cuba.
“The shows? I don’t like them. I don’t find them fulfilling.”
Townshend will be awarded the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award by the Boss for his work with MusiCares.
The iconic frontman says “My voice is still in good shape.”
“The Who, we’ll always have Pino [Palladino] on bass, I’m sure, and if the music is suitable for Zak [Starkey] on the drums, then great. I don’t know. The Who is Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. And the echoes of John [Entwistle] and Keith [Moon] will always reverberate whenever we play. I can’t tell you who we’ll use if we make a new album, until I hear the music.”
Three decades after their first “farewell” tour in 1982, Pete Townshend has announced that the Who will go on their final, final tour… two years from now in 2015.
Beginning in 1986, the Human Rights Concerts toured the globe to raise funds and awareness of Amnesty International. Acts like Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2, Peter Gabriel, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and more took the stage to perform for a cause.
If you’ve been following along, there’s a new One Direction song out dubiously titled “Best Song Ever.” You might find the whole thing ironic or borderline offensive because “Best Song Ever” borrows the chords from one of the best rock songs ever, “Baba O’Riley” by The Who.
Simon Townshend played the Super Bowl and the Olympics and his surname is one of rock’s most famous, but he’s just now feeling like it’s all coming together for him.
In the past few years, a number of rock legends have picked up the proverbial pen to set the record straight on their personal stories. Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Sting have all told their tales in book form, and this year has seen a lot of icons hit the book store. So, just in time for the holidays, we’re offering brief takes on some of 2012′s best rock tomes.