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The Who by Richard Evans - 2w ago

Remembering The Ox – today and everyday.

John Alec Entwistle 9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002.

Rest in peace.

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ROGER DALTREY is currently on tour with a great series of concerts where he is performing, in its entirety, The Who’s TOMMY. Roger is accompanied by members of The Who band PLUS some of the best orchestras in the United States – and at some of the most prestigious venues in America.

Roger is playing thirteen dates during June and July 2018 at the following venues:

June 8: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY accompanied by members of The Who band and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.

June 10 & 12: The Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA accompanied by members of The Who band and the Wolf Trap Orchestra.

June 15: Tanglewood Music Shed, MA accompanied by members of The Who band and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

June 17: Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills, NY accompanied by members of The Who band and the New York Pops Orchestra.

June 19: Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA accompanied by members of The Who band and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

June 23 & 25: The Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL accompanied by members of The Who band and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.

June 27: The Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN accompanied by members of The Who band and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

June 30: CMAC, Canandaigua, NY accompanied by members of The Who band and orchestra TBA.

July 2: Fraze Pavillion, Kettering, OH accompanied by members of The Who band and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

July 5: Meadow Brook Amphitheater, Rochester Hills, MI accompanied by members of The Who band and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

July 8: Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH accompanied by members of The Who band and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Following the TOMMY shows, Roger and members of The Who band will then be playing a further five dates during July and August where the shows will consist of Who hits, Who rarities and solo hits.

July 10: Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, NY

August 10: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

August 12: Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso Robles, CA

August 15: Bayside Summer Nights, San Diego, CA

August 18: Fantasy Springs Event Center, Indio, CA

Ticket links for all shows can be found on our Tour Page right here.

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Kenney Jones, the hugely influential drummer of some of the UK’s most successful rock bands  – The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who – releases his first autobiography.

With a career spanning six decades, Kenney reveals what went on during the most exciting era of British music.

Beginning in a post-war East End, Kenney’s story takes us through the Mod revolution (which he is credited as a founder of) and the swinging ’60s, where he was in all of the right places at the right time – hanging out with The Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan. Kenney played (and drank) with all of the greats as he enjoyed the wild excesses of the ’70s and ’80s. But it wasn’t all hedonistic rock’n’roll partying, Kenney reveals the financial and legal troubles that continue to haunt the legacy of The Small Faces the sad and untimely deaths of the band’s members and the difficulties he faced in filling Keith Moon’s shoes in The Who. Kenney also reflects on his private life, his family, love of horses and an unexpected venture into polo and meetings with the Royal Family. He speaks openly about his diagnosis with cancer and his work to help raise awareness for prostate cancer.

Uniquely talented, Kenney has lived his life to the full and his memoir makes for a captivating read: a rich tale of how a young cockney Herbert came to be part of the biggest social transformation in living memory. The legacy created by him and his band mates has influenced the likes of Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols and Oasis.

Kenney Jones said: “This book has been a long time coming!  I’m delighted to finally be penning my story.”

Although The Small Faces, Faces, The Who and The Law have been the four main bands in his life, Kenney has also been much sought-after during his career and has performed with some of the biggest names around. He has appeared on many albums including those by The Rolling Stones, Andy Fairweather Low, Joan Armatrading, Marsha Hunt, Mike Batt, Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, David Essex, John Lodge and Wings.

Music continues to be the biggest role in Kenney’s life, outside of his family and the Hurtwood Polo Club. His current band, The Jones Gang, thrives with a fluid line-up, whilst he continues to play for other bands and looks after the Small Faces back catalogue. Kenney has also won an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award and has been inducted into the Rock‘n’Roll Hall of Fame twice.

Let The Good Times Roll by Kenney Jones

Out May 31, 2018. Hardback £20

Pre-order your copy of Let the Good Times Roll now: 

http://bit.ly/LetTheGoodTimesRollBook

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Take a listen to ‘How Far’, the latest track taken from Roger’s new album AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU. Out June 1.

Roger Daltrey - How Far (Audio) - YouTube

Pre-Order the album at http://RogerDaltrey.lnk.to/ALAIHY

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“In 1971, Pete Townshend wrote a science fiction musical called Lifehouse about a future where people didn’t have to leave home to get real life experiences from outside their four walls, we thought it was mad! But he proved to be right and MelodyVR have managed to bring this to life.”
Roger Daltrey 

We’re excited to announce that the MelodyVR app – the world’s first dedicated virtual reality music platform – is available now!

The starting line-up includes The Who live at Wembley Arena, Wiz Khalifa headlining Life Is Beautiful in Vegas, KISS performing at a sold out at the O2 in London, Bebe Rexha at The Novo, Imagine Dragons, Niall Horan, the Chainsmokers, Sigrid, 2Chainz, Jess Glynne, The Script, the London Symphony Orchestra and many more.

By selecting different Jump Spots, you can choose to be in the front row, deep in the crowd, or up-close-and-personal with the band on stage.

MelodyVR is currently available in the US and UK, on Oculus GO and Samsung Gear VR – more countries and devices will be launched soon. Fresh performances will be rolling out weekly, make sure you’re following MelodyVR on Twitter and Instagram to find out as soon as they’re released.

Over the coming months, we’ll be live streaming concerts via Virtual Reality – offering virtual tickets to sold-out shows around the globe.

“As an artist you’re always trying to break down the barrier between you and your fans. MelodyVR takes this to a whole new level.” – Niall Horan

“We had this great opportunity to work with Melody VR on our European Tour which was very exciting because we put a lot of work into our show and production. We travel with videographers year-round capturing our show but the footage they were able to get and angles is unlike anything we have ever seen, and we are in the show ourselves.” – Alex Pall, The Chainsmokers

Everything you need to know about The Who on MelodyVR can be found right here

Freedom tastes of virtual reality!

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OUT TODAY!

As well as the exciting news about the release of The Who’s historic recording of their concert at the Fillmore East, New York City in 1968, we are delighted to also announce the release today of the 45th Anniversary Expanded Edition of Pete Townshend’s first solo album, Who Came First. To be more accurate (or pedantic) it’s actually the 46th anniversary this year as the album was released in 1972.

The 2-CD expanded version of Who Came First features the original album’s nine tracks plus a second disc of eight previously unreleased tracks, new edits, alternative versions and live performances. The eight-panel tall-format digipak includes new sleeve notes written by Pete himself, plus the original poster from the 1972 release and a 24-page booklet with rare images of Townshend at Eel Pie Sound, his home studio in Twickenham and performing at Meher Baba’s shrine in India.

The cover photo of Pete standing on 500 eggs was originally shot back in 1972 by Graham Hughes, (who also photographed the cover of The Who’s Quadrophenia album) and has been restored and retouched by Graham for this new limited edition. Who Came First has been remastered for this release by Jon Astley, longtime collaborator of both Pete Townshend and The Who.

TRACKLIST

* Denotes previously unreleased

CD1

  1. Pure and Easy
  2. Evolution
  3. Forever’s No Time At All
  4. Let’s See Action
  5. Time Is Passing
  6. There’s a Heartache Following Me
  7. Sheraton Gibson
  8. Content
  9. Parvardigar

CD2

  1. His Hands
  2. The Seeker (2017 edit)
  3. Day Of Silence
  4. Sleeping Dog
  5. Mary Jane (Stage A Version)
  6. I Always Say (2017 Edit)
  7. Begin The Beguine (2017 edit)
  8. Baba O’Reilly (Instrumental)
  9. The Love Man (Stage C)*
  10. Content (Stage A)*
  11. Day Of Silence (Alternate Version)*
  12. Parvardigar (Alternate take)*
  13. Nothing Is Everything*
  14. There’s A Fortune In Those Hills*
  15. Meher Baba In Italy*
  16. Drowned (live in India)*
  17. Evolution (live at Ronnie Lane Memorial)

To purchase Who Came First 45th Anniversary Edition please click here

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OUT TODAY!

Today Universal Music released the eagerly-anticipated 3-LP / 2-CD set of The Who’s stunning 1968 live performance at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East theatre in New York.

The Who were in New York and nearing the end of a gruelling tour on April 4, 1968, the day that Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated. America was already a country divided; Anti-Vietnam demonstrations, civil rights disturbances and militant student activism. With this turmoil as a backdrop on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, 1968 The Who performed two incendiary live sets at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East on the lower East Side of Manhattan.

The venue had only just re-opened in March by Graham from its previous incarnation as the Village Theatre where the band had played on a couple of occasions the year before. The Who were the first British rock act to headline the Fillmore East and were booked to play four shows over the two nights. However, because of feared social unrest in the wake of Dr King’s assassination, it was decided to compact the shows into one per night.

The Who’s time in New York City in 1968 can best be described as ‘lively’. Keith Moon’s antics with cherry bomb explosives had meant that the band had to move hotels. When installed in the plush Waldorf Astoria he then somehow managed to a blow a door off its hinges and, they had to move once more.

On the morning of the Fillmore rehearsal, the band were photographed for Life magazine by Art Kane and legend has it that they were so tired from Moon’s antics that they nodded off under the large Union Jack draped over them at the base of the Carl Schurz Monument in Morningside Park. This iconic image was later used as the album cover and poster for The Who’s classic film The Kids Are Alright.

Both nights were recorded by Who manager Kit Lambert with the intention of releasing the results as The Who’s fourth album after The Who Sell Out and before Tommy. Disaster struck when it was discovered that due to faulty equipment or human error only part of the first night was captured. Thankfully the second night was recorded and has now been fully restored and mixed by long time Who sound engineer Bob Pridden (who was the band’s roadie on those nights in 1968) from the original four-track tapes. For the 50th anniversary of these legendary shows, the unreleased recordings are to be issued on triple vinyl LP and double CD.

Due to an acetate reaching the bootleg market in the early ‘70s, The Who’s reputation as rock’s most dynamic live act quickly grew. The show is regarded by fans as something of the ‘holy grail’ of Who live shows equalling the legendary Live At Leeds album. The tapes have been meticulously remastered for optimum sound quality and will only serve to enhance The Who’s reputation as the best live act of the time.

The 3LP set include three Eddie Cochran numbers; ‘My Way’, ‘Summertime Blues’ and the never-before-released Who version of ‘C’mon Everybody’.

Also featured is a rare cover version of ‘Fortune Teller’ written by Allen Toussaint, originally recorded by Benny Spellman but made famous by The Merseybeats, the Rolling Stones and several English beat groups. These shows also showcased ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Relax’ from The Who Sell Out as well as stunning extended versions of ‘A Quick One (While He’s Away)’ and ‘My Generation’ which becomes a 30-minute-plus jam with a climax of guitar-smashing and drum demolition!

TRACKLIST

Disc One / Side 1

  1. Summertime Blues
  2. Fortune Teller
  3. Tattoo
  4. Little Billy

Disc One / Side 2

  1. I Can’t explain
  2. Happy Jack
  3. Relax

Disc Two / Side 3

  1. I’m A Boy
  2. A Quick One (While He’s Away)

Disc Two / Side 4

  1. My Way
  2. C’mon Everybody
  3. Shakin’ All Over
  4. Boris The Spider

Disc Three / Side 5

  1. My Generation (Part One)

Disc Three / Side 5

  1. My Generation (Part Two)

PURCHASE LINKS

3-LP edition please click here

2-CD edition please click here

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The Who by Richard Evans - 2M ago

ROGER DALTREY plays a series of concerts this summer where he will perform, in its entirety, The Who’s TOMMY. Roger will be accompanied by members of The Who band PLUS some of the best orchestras in the United States – and at some of the most prestigious venues in America.

Roger will play thirteen dates during June and July 2018 at the following venues:

June 8: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY accompanied by members of The Who band and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.

June 10 & 12: The Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA accompanied by members of The Who band and the Wolf Trap Orchestra.

June 15: Tanglewood Music Shed, MA accompanied by members of The Who band and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

June 17: Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills, NY accompanied by members of The Who band and the New York Pops Orchestra.

June 19: Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA accompanied by members of The Who band and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

June 23 & 25: The Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL accompanied by members of The Who band and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.

June 27: The Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN accompanied by members of The Who band and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

June 30: CMAC, Canandaigua, NY accompanied by members of The Who band and orchestra TBA.

July 2: Fraze Pavillion, Kettering, OH accompanied by members of The Who band and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

July 5: Meadow Brook Amphitheater, Rochester Hills, MI accompanied by members of The Who band and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

July 8: Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH accompanied by members of The Who band and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Following the TOMMY shows, Roger and members of The Who band will then play a further four dates in California during August where the shows will consist of Who hits, Who rarities and solo hits.

August 10: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

August 12: Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso Robles, CA

August 15: Bayside Summer Nights, San Diego, CA

August 18: Fantasy Springs Event Center, Indio, CA

Ticket links for all shows can be found on our Tour Page right here.

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As a young fan sitting in the cheap seats, William Snyder first photographed The Who in concert back in 1980. Back then he had no idea that less than 20 years later he would be photographing them again in an official capacity. And today, William Snyder celebrates that he’s been the official photographer of The Who for 18 years with the publication of a fabulous new book of his work with The Who, called appropriately enough JOIN TOGETHER (With the Band).

The book is 12” x 12” and approximately 180 pages with images in both black-and-white and in colour. With a foreword especially written by Eddie Vedder, Join Together (With The Band) has been officially authorised by both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

William has also very generously chosen to donate 50% of profits from the sale of the book to Teen Cancer America.

Reserve your own copy by pre-ordering the book from jointogetherwiththebook.com for $59.95 until May 19th and you’ll get an author-signed copy (normally $119.95) plus an unsigned print.

Pete Townshend, lead guitarist and song writer for The Who poses for a portrait outside the St. James Theatre in New York City on  September 8, 1993.

Pete Townshend excites the audience at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on August 14, 2000 during the climax of ‘My Generation’.

Roger Daltrey screams “Loooooovvvve” during the climax of ‘Love Rain O’er Me’ during The Who’s performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on May 22, 2016. 

Roger Daltrey pauses during ‘Sister Disco’ at The Who’s show at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ on July 1, 1980.

Photographer and author William Snyder with Roger Daltrey, both men at work during the 2017 US tour.

This book is an absolute gem and worthy of its place in any Who fan’s collection. Here’s what William himself says about his images . . .

“It’s every rock’n’roll fan’s dream.

To hang out backstage with their favorite band. To walk around on the same stage with them. To have them talk about you from the stage. To be on the plane with them. To tour with them across the country. To live their ‘Almost Famous’ dream with their favorite rock’n’roll band.

So, how does a young budding photographer go from shooting his favorite band from high up in the cheap seats to photographing them backstage and, better yet, become one of that band’s ‘family’?

This book is about one young fan’s journey, about living that dream.

Since that first show, the thing I’ve always tried to capture is the feeling you get when you’re at a Who show. I’m not interested in basic, good-looking, clean, safe, predictable photographs. I want what it feels like. I don’t always get it, but it’s my goal.”

Pre-order the book from jointogetherwiththebook.com for $59.95 until May 19th and you’ll get an author-signed copy (normally $119.95) plus an unsigned print.

teencanceramerica.org

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Roger Daltrey is returning on June 1 with a brand new studio album, As Long As I Have You.

PRE-ORDER AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU  FROM https://RogerDaltrey.lnk.to/ALAIHY

As Long As I Have You was produced by Dave Eringa, best known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers and on Roger and Wilko Johnson’s album Going Back Home and features Pete Townshend’s inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexy’s, The Style Council) and Sean Genockey on lead guitar who has worked with Suede, Shame and The Proclaimers).

Work on As Long As I Have You was started shortly after the Top 5 gold selling Going Back Home was released and continued during breaks on The Who’s record breaking 50th anniversary tour, The Who Hits 50!

As Long As I Have You will be available on a number of formats including CD, 180g Black Vinyl, Limited 180g Red Vinyl housed in Polydor Disco Bag (available exclusively via thewho.com) and Digital.

The album is a mixture of self-penned tracks such as ‘Certified Rose’ and the soulful ballad ‘Always Heading Home’ along with songs that have inspired Daltrey over the years including Nick Cave’s ‘Into My Arms’, ‘You Haven’t Done Nothing’ by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills’ ‘How Far’ and the title track originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964; the year that Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon changed their name from The High Numbers and became The Who.

Roger Daltrey on As Long As I Have You: “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That’s what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in. I’ve always sung from the heart but when you’re 19, you haven’t had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that’s soul. For a long time, I’ve wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won’t have heard before. It felt like the right time. It’s where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment”

Roger will be headlining the Royal Albert Hall on March 22 in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust.

  1. As Long As I Have You
  2. How Far
  3. Where Is A Man To Go?
  4. Get On Out Of The Rain
  5. I’ve Got Your Love
  6. Into My Arms
  7. You Haven’t Done Nothing
  8. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
  9. Certified Rose
  10. The Love You Save
  11. Always Heading Home

“This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls” ~ Roger Daltrey 2018,

“It shows Roger at the height of his powers as a vocalist” ~ Pete Townshend, 2018

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