The Who’s Pete Townshend admits that Kiss’ on-stage garb baffled him, at least to begin with.
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This time, we try to reconstruct the ever-elusive rock opera ‘Lifehouse.’
Pete Townshend always seems to be mulling over new ideas, always seems to have a concept as fresh as it is grandiose. But then something happens along the way.
Perhaps, in hindsight, Led Zeppelin had the right idea: When your linchpin drummer dies, simply call it quits. Not so, the Who — who thereby created a second, less celebrated legacy without Keith Moon.
At once ambitious and complex, the Who’s Tommy stands as a shining moment in their vast career. Their sweeping work redefined the “concept album” and set the standard for rock operas such as Green Day’s American Idiot.
A Who song that wasn’t, Pete Townshend’s “After the Fire” would become the highlight of Roger Daltrey’s emotionally unbound 1985 solo album Under a Raging Moon, but could get no higher than No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100.
As the Who gears up for another series of shows featuring Quadrophenia, beginning on June 8, 2013 at Dublin, it’s worth remembering that things haven’t always gone so well
‘A possibility of flying apart at any moment': For Pete Townshend, it’s a wonder the Who is still here
Even as the Who announced the final dates of their sold-out Quadrophenia and More tour across the UK, Pete Townshend can’t help but marvel that they’re still together at all. And not just because they’ve lost two members.
‘If it’s getting a bit quiet, I just swing my arm': Pete Townshend thrilled to be windmilling back in England
Pete Townshend says he can’t wait for the Who’s on-going Quadrophenia and More tour to return to his native UK, calling the 1973 double-album hit “a quintessentially English piece.”
Quadrophenia is getting new attention after the remaining members of the Who launched a U.S. tour this month focusing on their long-overlooked second rock opera. But how does it hold up nearly 40 years later?