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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 of the 45th Anniversary Extended 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.
* Denotes previously unreleased
Pure and Easy
Forever’s No Time At All
Let’s See Action
Time Is Passing
There’s a Heartache Following Me
The Seeker (2017 edit)
Day Of Silence
Mary Jane (Stage A Version)
I Always Say (2017 Edit)
Begin The Beguine (2017 edit)
Baba O’Reilly (Instrumental)
The Love Man (Stage C)*
Content (Stage A)*
Day Of Silence (Alternate Version)*
Parvardigar (Alternate take)*
Nothing Is Everything*
There’s A Fortune In Those Hills*
Meher Baba In Italy*
Drowned (live in India)*
Evolution (live at Ronnie Lane Memorial)
To pre-order Who Came First 45th Anniversary Edition please click here
On April 20 Universal Music are releasing a 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 to conclude 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 at the plush Waldorf Astoria he then somehow managed to a blow a door off its hinges and, the band had to move once more.
On the morning of the Fillmore rehearsal, the band were photographed for Life magazine and legend has it that the band were so tired from Moon’s antics that they nodded out 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 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 responsible the band’s sound 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. 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 the climax of guitar-smashing and drum demolition!
Forest Hills Stadium (ForestHillsStadium.com), the historic sporting and entertainment venue located in the idyllic Queens, New York neighborhood of Forest Hills, will welcome back two longtime friends on June 17 when legendary frontman Roger Daltrey and The New York Pops unite for a special, one-night-only, Father’s Day performance of The Who’s TOMMY, backed by the symphony orchestra and members of The Who band.
Tickets will be available to the public on Friday, February 9 at 10am EST. For more information, visit ForestHillsStadium.com. Forest Hills Stadium is conveniently located just steps from the E, M, F, R subway trains at Forest Hills-71st Ave as well as the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station.
Roger Daltrey first graced Forest Hills Stadium’s historic stage in the summer of 1971. Still celebrating the massive success of TOMMY, The Who descended on Forest Hills for a blistering, sold-out, two-night stand that the venerable New York Times described as, “Quite good,” noting, appropriately, that, “Most of the words were indecipherable, lost in the notorious volume that characterizes The Who.” Like those iconic performances, fans can expect to hear beloved classics from the 1969 rock opera, including ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and more – this time backed up by one of the world’s foremost pop orchestras.
Most recently, The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary on The Who Hits 50! tour, which kicked off the stadium’s 2015 season-opening weekend and saw the band’s return to the venue after over 45 years.
The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke return for their fourth season at Forest Hills Stadium, presented by Madison House Presents. The orchestra’s Kids in the Stadium program, supported in part by concert presenters Madison House Presents, will offer more than 1,000 Queens children and their families an opportunity to attend and learn about live music for free for a fourth consecutive year. The New York Pops’ appearance is generously supported by Morgan Stanley, Blue Marble Cocktails, American Airlines, and Wigdor LLP, with additional support from the City of New York and the New York City Council.
Considered one of the seminal albums of the rock canon, last year The Who played all of TOMMY for the first time in 28 years at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of a benefit concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Roger performed it in its entirety with his band during his 2011 solo tour. The opportunity to bring an orchestral dynamic to the raw emotion and cathartic impact of the songs that cemented Daltrey’s legacy as a vocal powerhouse adds a compelling dimension to the music’s timelessness.
Roger Daltrey comments, “I’m really looking forward to singing TOMMY, not only with my great backing group, but also one of the finest orchestras in the country. Pete Townshend’s rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. With the arrangements written by David Campbell, it should make a memorable night of entertainment for all those who love the arts.”
Supported by the band of regular Who players, including guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devours, and complemented by one of the best orchestral institutions in the U.S., Daltrey’s indelible presence on this summer’s stage is sure to enliven the deaf/dumb/blind boy once again!
We are proud to announce that ROGER DALTREY is set to perform a series of concerts this summer featuring The Who’s TOMMY. Roger will be accompanied by members of The Who touring band PLUS some of the best orchestras in the United States – and at some of the most prestigious venues in America.
Roger will play twelve 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 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.
Ticket links can be found on our Tour Page right here.
We’re pleased to announce the full list of bands and acts who will be appearing at this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London. And as ever it is an outstanding list of people who will be taking part!
We are especially delighted to tell you that ROGER DALTREY will performing on Thursday March 22 plus his special gusts – more details to follow! And on Wednesday March 21 we have none other than NILE ROGERS and The CHIC ORGANIZATION LTD (Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards). But the week kicks off on Monday March 19 with UB40 FEATURING ALI, ASTRO AND MICKEY followed on Tuesday March 20 by an evening of comedy from the great RUSSELL HOWARD and special guests. THE COURTEENERS have already been announced for Friday 23 and we are pleased to see KASABIAN taking the stage on Saturday March 24, and on Sunday March 25 the ever-fabulous DEF LEPPARD will be closing our week of shows.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 2 at 9:00am so set the reminders in your diaries.
Further details and your link for tickets can be found right here!
Fifty years ago today a Qantas plane touched down at Mascot Airport in Sydney, Australia after a 36-hour flight from London via Cairo, Bombay, Karachi and Singapore. On board, extremely jet lagged from such a long flight, were members of The Who and their tour crew including Bob Pridden and John ‘Wiggy’ Wolff. Said Wiggy, “I think it all started when we rolled off the plane and weren’t very co-operative with the press. They herded us into a room and the boys were all shattered from the long flight and just didn’t want to know.”
What followed was a ten-day tour of Australia and New Zealand with The Small Faces and Paul Jones – a tour beset by problems from grievous authorities, an unkindly press, overzealous police and hostile airline crews.
Over the next five decades, tales of the bands’ exploits and the way they were treated have gone down in the annals of rock ’n’ roll lore. Australian and New Zealand newspaper headlines screamed, “Ban These Scruffy Urchins Once and For All . . .” and “Kiwi Kids Fell Sucker to a Mob of Scruffs”.
Thirty years later in 1998, rock writer Andy Neill, co-author of celebrated tome, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, The Complete Chronicles of The Who 1958-1978, wrote a 48-page anniversary booklet entitled A Fortnight of Furore which regales in intimate and exact detail what went down in those all-too-brief ten days in Australasia. The book is crammed with press cuttings, concert adverts, press photos and photos of the groups by fans themselves. Plus, the centre 16 pages include a full facsimile of the 1968 tour programme with plenty of photos and interviews with The Who, The Small Faces and Paul Jones.
Andy is offering for sale some of his last remaining copies of A Fortnight of Furore which he will also personally sign for you if requested.
At £6.99 plus postage per copy this has got to be a really great deal for any Who fan and collector.
We are very pleased to announce that ROGER DALTREY and members of The Who touring band will be appearing at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday March 7 and Saturday March 10, 2018.
The pre-sale is this Wednesday January 10. Please click here for tickets once available.