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.
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Who fans can get a sneak peek at a previously unreleased live version of “Pinball Wizard” from the forthcoming limited-edition Tommy set — if you can crack a fun memory game at the band’s web site.
Though he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year as a member of the Small Faces and Faces, for a time beginning in the late 1970s Kenney Jones was best known as drummer for the Who.
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.
‘Pretty famous, isn’t he?': Roger Daltrey on Jimmy Page’s contribution to the Who’s “I Can’t Explain”
Roger Daltrey sorts through the curious situation that found Jimmy Page playing guitar on a track by the Who, after their producer asked him in during the sessions for “I Can’t Explain.” “Pretty famous, isn’t he?” Daltrey muses.
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.
By the time the Who released this album, they had already established themselves as one of the most important and inventive bands trolling the British landscape.
‘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.”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mambstsOPG4&w=500&h=305] Might as well get the Who stuff out of the way; Yes, he’s Pete Townshend’s baby brother. Has appeared on Who albums from Tommy to Endless Wire, and on tours with the band, Pete and frontman Roger Daltrey. But there’s more to Simon Townshend.