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The Who To Retire From Live Performances?

10/24/2013 4:20pm EDT
The Who
The Who are to retire from the stage after one last world tour to mark their 50th anniversary.

Surviving members of the legendary rock band Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, who formed the band in 1964, are planning a spectacular series of performances to mark their half century next year but insist it will be their last time out on the road.

The band wrapped up a tour of its classic album Quadrophenia at London's Royal Albert Hall in July but both rockers have had health issues in recent years, Daltrey needs regular throat check-ups after having a pre-cancerous growth removed in 2010 a...

Pete Townshend Defends One Direction's 'Best Song Ever'

8/15/2013 12:56pm EDT
Pete Townshend
One Direction's song Best Song Ever has been defended by The Who's Pete Townshend.

The boy band's latest single has attracted criticism on the internet from people saying it sounds too close to The Who's track Baba O'Reilly, but 60s rocker Pete doesn't think that matters.

He said in a statement: "No! I like the single. I like One Direction. The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music - not always.

"I'm still writing songs...

Pete Townshend Receives 2013 Les Paul Award

1/29/2013 9:37am EST
Pete Townshend
The Who's Pete Townshend was honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards on Friday.

The rocker was selected for the prize, named after electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, in recognition of his achievements in audio technology and production. The TEC Awards celebrate the work of audio professionals, and Townshend recalled his own early attempts at recording music as he picked up his trophy at the ceremony in Anaheim, California.

He told guests, "When I was 17 or 18, I got a couple of tape machines at home, and in the traditi...

Pete Townshend Leaves The Who Show During Encore

11/3/2012 3:07pm EDT
The Who
Rocker Pete Townshend's hearing problems wrecked the opening night of The Who's first North American tour in four years in Florida on Thursday - the guitar great marched offstage during the encore.

Townshend appeared to be far from happy with the sound and simply walked off without notice in the middle of a rendition of You Better You Bet.

Fans heard him yelling "too loud" while pointing at monitors onstage before walking off, and he didn't return to wrap up the gig with Baba O'Riley, which bandmate Roger Daltrey and the rest of the group, including Townshend's brother Simon, performed ...

The Who To Honor Canceled 1979 Rhode Island Show Tickets On Upcoming 'Quadrophenia' Tour

7/19/2012 8:49pm EDT
The Who
Legendary British rockers The Who have sent a message to their fans, vowing to honor tickets from a concert they canceled in Rhode Island in 1979 when they return next year on their North American "Quadrophenia" tour.

Surviving band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend announced that their latest tour will focus on a full performance of their 1973 "Quadropnenia" album when they set out on the road later this year. The group had to cancel their Ocean State concert in 1979 because Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci canceled their show over safety concerns after news that their show in Cincinn...

The Who Plan 'Great' Finale For Olympics, Prepare For North American Tour

7/19/2012 8:29am EDT
The Who
The Who have been working on their Olympics closing ceremony for months, and Roger Daltrey insists it will amaze viewers when they watch it next month.

He says, "It is a great finale to the event because it's not a rock show... We've done it for 50 years but because there's athletics there all day, the technical issues are just so (different).

"We have recorded a piece of music which I think is a fabulous end for the Olympics; just showing the greatness that's come out of this country (England). This country has put some fabulous music into the world. This is not about The Who being on a ...

The Who To Launch Massive 'Quadrophenia' Tour In North America

7/18/2012 10:44pm EDT
The Who
Veteran rockers The Who have announced plans to perform their 1973 concept album "Quadrophenia" in its entirety as part of a major North American tour.

Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will hit the road for almost 40 dates either side of Christmas with drummer Zak Starkey, bass player Pino Palladino and Townshend's brother Simon.

The band's first North American tour in four years will kick off on November 1 in Sunrise, Florida. A second leg will begin in California in the New Year.

To launch the tour news, documentary The Who: Quadrophenia - Can You See The Real Me? The ...

The Who's 'Quadrophenia' Documentary To Debut At U.S. Cinemas

6/21/2012 4:20pm EDT
The Who
Legendary rockers The Who are to reveal all about the making of their groundbreaking 1973 album Quadrophenia as part of a major new documentary, which is to be screened across America for one night only this summer.

The Who: Quadrophenia - Can You See The Real Me? The Story Behind The Album will premiere at select cinemas on July 24.

The documentary features an introduction from guitarist Pete Townshend and includes never-before-heard anecdotes and additional performances of songs from the Quadrophenia album, which is considered one of the most important rock releases.

Roger Daltrey: 'Oasis Will Get Back Together Within The Next Four Years'

3/6/2012 7:34pm EST
Roger Daltrey
The Who star Roger Daltrey is convinced Oasis will reform within the next four years.

The rocker, who has had a love-hate relationship with bandmate Pete Townshend for decades, insists it's inevitable that the estranged Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, will put their differences to one side for a major comeback.

He tells British radio network Xfm, "You know damn well that they'll be together - I predict within four years. And it will be magic. They'll be bigger than ever and they'll be drinking twice as much."

Oasis split in 2009 and the Gallaghers have waged a war of words in the medi...

Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

11/23/2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...

Roger Daltrey Worried About Pete Townshend's Upcoming Autobiography

6/27/2011 11:40pm EDT
Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey isn't looking forward to reading The Who bandmate Pete Townshend's new book - because he fears what he'll learn about himself.

The autobiography that landed Townshend in trouble with the law is to be released in 2012, almost 20 years after the rocker started work on his memoirs.

Townshend was infamously cautioned by British police officials in 2003 for accessing child pornography on the internet as part of his research for the tome - but Daltrey isn't worried about that part of the book.

He tells, "I'm not particularly looking forward to it. When I look bac...

Pete Townshend Memoir That Caused Stir With Child Porn Research Gets 2012 Release

5/18/2011 8:40am EDT
Pete Townshend
The biography that landed The Who star Pete Townshend in trouble with the law is to be released in 2012, almost 20 years after the rocker started work on his memoirs.

"Who He?" is set to hit shelves at the end of next year, according to his publishers at HarperCollins.

Townshend was infamously cautioned by British police officials in 2003 for accessing child pornography on the Internet as part of his research for the tome.

A statement from Townshend about the scandal read, "I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmot...

Roger Daltrey Announces 'Tommy' Tour Dates

5/12/2011 10:43pm EDT
Roger Daltrey
Rocker Roger Daltrey has announced dates for his groundbreaking and ambitious "Tommy" tour.

His band The Who never played the iconic album in its entirety but singer Daltrey will when he performs dates during a six-week tour of North America.

The concert run begins in Florida on September 13.

Daltrey premiered his version of The Who's legendary rock opera in its entirety at London's Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust in March.

The press blurb accommodating the dates announcement reads, "Employing the use of striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an...

Live Nation Sued Over Pete Townshend Photos

12/13/2010 2:13pm EST
The Who
A British rock photographer has filed suit against bosses at music industry giant Live Nation for allegedly using an iconic image of Pete Townshend on merchandise without permission.

Ross Halfin snapped a black-and-white photo in 1978 during The Who's final performance with original drummer Keith Moon and he claims the concert promoters have "grossly misappropriated" the image.

Court documents filed in Manhattan federal court allege Live Nation bosses created a stylized reproduction that is "a wholesale copying," by slapping his photo on lithographs, lighters "and even a blanket."


Keith Richards & Mick Jagger Top Rock Feuds List

11/25/2010 11:45am EST
Rolling Stones
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger's on/off feud has handed the Rolling Stones bandmates the top spot on a new list of warring rockers.

The duo has beaten Simon & Garfunkel to the number one position on Rolling Stone magazine's new Greatest Rock Feuds Of All Time countdown.

The publication's editors handed the Brits top place following the pair's recent falling out over extracts in Richards' new biography Life, in which the guitarist mocked the frontman's "tiny dodger", among a series of surprising jibes.

The top five list is:

1. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
2. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

Celebrity Birthdays - May 19, 2010

5/19/2010 3:00am EDT
Pete Townshend
Happy Birthday to:

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend (1945)

Jazz bassist/actor Kyle Eastwood (1968)

Original AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (1954)

Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (1951; d. 2001)

"A View To A Kill" actress Grace Jones (1948)

"Star Wars" saga actor Peter Mayhew (1944)

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Celebrity Weekend In Photos: The Super Bowl, Beijing, Brazil & More

2/8/2010 9:15am EST
Carrie Underwood Super Bowl
Carrie Underwood sang the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7. The Saints won 31-17. See what other celebrities did over the weekend!

Jackie Chan posed with two tiger toys during a ceremony to launch a tiger protection project with WildAid in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 5. The project will raise public awareness to protect the endangered tiger species.

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Pete Townshend Upset By Pre-Super Bowl Attack

2/5/2010 7:38pm EST
Pete Townshend
The Who star Pete Townshend has been left "really saddened" by the actions of child welfare groups in the Miami, Florida area after officials posted flyers warning of the rocker's impending arrival to homes near Sunday's Super Bowl site.

The "My Generation" star was arrested and placed on Britain's sex offenders list in 2003 after he was involved in a child pornography scandal - and members of U.S. group Protect Our Children wanted to remind parents living near the Sun Life Stadium that he would be in the area this week, preparing for The Who's much-anticipated half-time appearance.


Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

7/1/2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 19

5/19/2009 3:00am EDT
Pete Townshend
Happy Birthday to jazz bassist/actor Kyle Eastwood (1968), original AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (1954)punk pioneer Joey Ramone (1951; d. 2001), "A View To A Kill" actress Grace Jones (1948), The Who guitarist Pete Townshend (1945), "Star Wars" saga actor Peter Mayhew (1944), and civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925; d. 1965).

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Rob Thomas Ready To Rock With Second Solo Album, Out June 30

4/29/2009 2:37pm EDT
Rob Thomas
Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced the forthcoming release of his second solo album, titled Cradlesong. Due on June 30th, the album features the first single, "Her Diamonds," which hit radio and video outlets in mid-April. Once again produced by Matt Serletic, Cradlesong is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Thomas' 2005 solo debut - the #1, RIAA platinum …Something To Be.

"I like musical hybrids," says Thomas about the musical direction of the new album. "Like, 'What would it sound like if we took Prince's drummer and mixed him with really amazing Nashville...

'The Best of The Who: Rock Band Edition' Available For Download July 15

7/1/2008 1:28pm EDT
Rock Band
There have been several important dates in the history of The Who: May 23, 1969 – Iconic rock album Tommy is released and rockets to No. 4 on the U.S. charts. May 31, 1976 – The Who's second concert at Charlton football ground earns them an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the "world's loudest rock band." July 13, 1985 – The Who re-form to perform at Live Aid and whip Wembley Stadium into an absolute frenzy.

Now, July 15, 2008, joins these dates, as a dozen classic songs by The Who get new life as Rock Band™ game levels. MTV Games and Harmonix announced today that many of the ...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 19

5/19/2008 3:00am EDT
Pete Townshend
Happy Birthday to jazz bassist/actor Kyle Eastwood (1968), original AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (1954)punk pioneer Joey Ramone (1951; d. 2001), "A View To A Kill" actress Grace Jones (1948), French WWF wrestler Andre the Giant (1946; d. 1993), The Who guitarist Pete Townshend (1945), "Star Wars" saga actor Peter Mayhew (1944), and civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925; d. 1965).

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David Gilmour To Release Live Album In September

5/12/2008 6:00pm EDT
Live In Gdansk
David Gilmour has announced the release of Live In Gdansk in September, 2008 on Columbia Records. The album was recorded during the last concert of Gilmour's 2006 summer tour, which was held in front of 50,000 people at the shipyards in Gdansk, Poland. The concert was the only occasion on which Gilmour performed the tour material with an orchestra, using the 40-strong string section of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner, who was responsible for On An Island album's orchestral arrangements.

Other unique features of the show included the special 6-...

Two Powerfully Charged Films About The Who Come To DVD Nov. 6

10/15/2007 2:39pm EDT
The Who
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who and Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones, two exhilarating feature-length films about one of the seminal and most influential rock bands in history, produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Trinifold Management, will be released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on DVD on November 6, 2007.

Marking 40 years since The Who's first U.S. appearance in North America, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who made its worldwide debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2007.

Spanning over four decades, Amazing Journey:...

VH1 Rock Docs Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of The Monterey International Pop Festival

6/7/2007 12:33pm EDT
Janis Joplin
The original documentary "Monterey 40" Premieres Saturday, June 16 AT 9 PM ET/PT. The film is set to premiere on VH1 Classic and will be simulcast on VH1. The Monterey International Pop Festival was nothing short of a defining moment in rock and roll history. The three-day event, held June 16-18, 1967, ushered in the Summer of Love and featured an unprecedented bill of racially, musically diverse acts that showed rock's power to change the world.

"Monterey 40" will tell the story of this historic event from conception to event to aftermath to lasting impact from the perspective of mu...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 19

5/19/2007 3:00am EDT
Pete Townshend
Happy Birthday to jazz bassist/actor Kyle Eastwood (1968), original AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (1954)punk pioneer Joey Ramone (1951; d. 2001), "A View To A Kill" actress Grace Jones (1948), French WWF wrestler Andre the Giant (1946; d. 1993), The Who guitarist Pete Townshend (1945), "Star Wars" saga actor Peter Mayhew (1944), and civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925; d. 1965).

Morello's Festival Show Becomes An All-Star Jam

3/16/2007 4:19pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello thrilled fans at his South By Southwest festival appearance last night when he turned his show into an all-star jam.

What was supposed to be a solo acoustic set at the Parish club in Austin, Texas turned into a star-studded festival highlight as pals like Slash, Perry Farrell, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and Primus frontman Les Claypool joined the rocker onstage.

The unannounced jam session continued well into this morning and ended when a jubilant Morello told fans, "I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend, 'cos you ai...

New CD Reviews, October 31, 2006 (The Who, Lil' Wayne, Lady Sovereign, Deftones & more)

10/31/2006 12:02pm EST
The Who - Endless Wire
New releases this week include albums from legends The Who, a Cash Money collaboration featuring Birdman and Lil' Wayne, the debuts from pint-sized UK rapper Lady Sovereign and American Idol winner Kellie Pickler, plus many more. Keep reading for reviews & info on this week's new CDs...

Lady Sovereign - Public Warning
Public Warning is stunning, better than the hype machine could ever paint it, with jaw-dropping, busy production and sharp, spunky lyrics that whiz by and back up this pint-sized rebel's serious b-girl stance. Read review...

The Who - Endless Wire
No, Endless Wire is no...