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Roger Daltrey's Keith Moon Biopic Is Back On!

November 11th, 2013 4:20pm EST
Roger Daltrey
The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey has "reinvigorate" plans to develop a biopic about the band's late drummer Keith Moon.

The legendary rocker is collaborating with executives at Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media Ventures to bring the film, which will center on the drummer's life and hard-partying ways, to theaters.

A statement from Daltrey reads, "The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart, so I am excited to reinvigorate it."  Daltrey delayed the film plans in 2008 because he could not find a scriptwriter.

In other Moon News, a 'lost' comedy album recorded by Keith three year...
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The Who To Retire From Live Performances?

October 24th, 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...
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John Entwistle's Rolls-Royce To Go Under The Hammer

August 22nd, 2013 8:29pm EDT
John Entwistle
Next month, a luxury Rolls-Royce car personally customized for The Who's  John Entwistle is expected to fetch up to $24,000 at auction.

The brown-colored 1980 Silver Shadow was converted from a standard saloon into a makeshift estate by a private engineer so Entwistle had room to get his beloved Irish wolfhound dogs in the back.

After The World's Greatest Bassist died from a heart attack in 2002, the vehicle - which has a cream leather interior and mahogany dashboard - was sold by his family, and the new owners have now decided to put it up for auction.

A spokesman for Bonhams, which ...
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Pete Townshend Defends One Direction's 'Best Song Ever'

August 15th, 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...
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Lyric Culture Launches New Line at Bloomingdale's: How Music Meets Fashion

April 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
Lyric Culture
Music and fashion have long been interconnected - and Lyric Culture has perfectly married the two together for apparel that speaks to musicians and music fans alike. As the company rolls out a new line of shirts inspired by The Who at Bloomingdale's, BFTV spoke with CEO Hanna Rochelle about how Lyric Culture captures the spirit of music with style.

"It was a very organic idea of going out and creating merchandise that wasn't like cheap concert merch," said Hanna, a singer-songwriter herself, who comes from a family of musicians. "What we did was we took their lyrics [and] we created origin...
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Pete Townshend Receives 2013 Les Paul Award

January 29th, 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...
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Cary Elwes To Direct The Who Manager Biopic

December 14th, 2012 9:43pm EST
Cary Elwes
Actor Cary Elwes is stepping behind the camera to direct a biopic about the man who discovered British rock group The Who.

The Princess Bride star will make his directorial debut with the story of late music mogul Kit Lambert, the manager credited with launching The Who with producer/manager Chris Stamp and guiding them to fame in the 1960s.

The movie has the backing of surviving The Who stars Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, who will contribute biographical details.

The film's producer Orian Williams, who made critically-acclaimed Joy Division movie Control, tells The Hollywood Repo...
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Pete Townshend Leaves The Who Show During Encore

November 3rd, 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 ...
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Spice Girls, The Who & More U.K. Acts Close London Olympics

August 13th, 2012 8:42am EDT
Victoria Beckham
Last night's London Olympics closing ceremony included performances by The Who, the reunited Spice Girls, Muse, One Direction and Queen guitarist Brian May.

Composer David Arnold and Kim Gavin's "A Symphony of British Music" extravaganza kicked off with Scottish singer Emeli Sande performing "Read All About It" to a stadium packed with fans.

Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and The Kinks frontman Ray Davies also performed before the 10,800 athletes of the Games marched into the arena.

George Michael, the Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also took the stage, as did Ed ...
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The Who To Honor Canceled 1979 Rhode Island Show Tickets On Upcoming 'Quadrophenia' Tour

July 19th, 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...
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The Who Plan 'Great' Finale For Olympics, Prepare For North American Tour

July 19th, 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 ...
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The Who To Launch Massive 'Quadrophenia' Tour In North America

July 18th, 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 ...
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The Who's 'Quadrophenia' Documentary To Debut At U.S. Cinemas

June 21st, 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.
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'Lost' Keith Moon Comedy Album Discovered

March 28th, 2012 10:07am EDT
Keith Moon
A 'lost' comedy album recorded by The Who drummer Keith Moon three years before his death has been unearthed in a producer's vault.

Moon spent two days in 1975 performing skits at a BBC studio for a planned release but the recording was shelved and was later believed to have been lost forever when producer John Walters died in 2001.

Now, it's emerged another engineer who worked on the album, Nick Gomm, recently discovered his own tape of the sessions in his personal archives.

According to Mojo magazine, the recording features nine sketches by Moon which are heavily influenced by his b...
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Roger Daltrey: 'Oasis Will Get Back Together Within The Next Four Years'

March 6th, 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...
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Madonna Confirmed As Super Bowl Halftime Act

December 5th, 2011 8:15am EST
Madonna
Madonna will team up with Cirque Du Soleil for her performance at the prestigious 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The pop icon will follow in the footsteps of stars including Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, The Who and Bruce Springsteen to headline the big game's mid-point spectacular.

The Material Girl's representatives have confirmed the news after months of speculation and revealed Madonna will be working with a creative team from circus group Cirque du Soleil for the performance.

A statement reads, "We are happy to confirm that Madonna will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Hal...
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British Director Ken Russell Dead At 84

November 28th, 2011 8:06am EST
Ken Russell
British moviemaker Ken Russell has died at the age of 84.

Russell directed several classic British films during his 55-year career, including spy thriller Billion Dollar Brain, The Who's rock opera Tommy, and Oscar-winning 1969 movie Women in Love.

He also notched up a range of acting and writing credits, and was working in front of the cameras as recently as 2010, when he played a university lecturer in crime drama Mr. Nice. He even has a role in upcoming horror movie Invasion of the Not Quite Dead.

Fellow British filmmaker Michael Winner paid tribute to Russell after news of his dea...
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Jeff Beck, Foo Fighters & Manic Street Preachers Lead Classic Rock Awards

November 10th, 2011 11:00am EST
Jeff Beck
Guitar great Jeff Beck, the Foo Fighters and the Manic Street Preachers were among the big winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor Awards in London on Wednesday night.

Dave Grohl's group walked away with the Band of the Year trophy, while the Manic Street Preachers were handed the Classic Songwriters prize at the ceremony, held at the English capital's Roundhouse venue.

Jeff Beck's lifetime achievements were recognized as he collected the Living Legend Award, following in the footsteps of previous recipients like Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop.

Elsewhere at the prizegiving, w...
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Steven Tyler & Roger Daltrey Fund Invention To Replace Vocal Chords

November 5th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Steven Tyler
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and The Who's Roger Daltrey are helping to fund a new gel invention that replaces damaged vocal cords.

The singer hopes the pioneering product will help struggling musicians and throat cancer patients.

The gel, which mimics the vibrations of human vocal cords, was created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to TheWeek.com.

The research is also being funded in part by actress/singer Julie Andrews, who quit singing after her voice was affected by surgery in 1997.

Daltrey tells Bloomberg.com, "It's not just for singers. The...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Beverly McClellan

October 4th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Beverly McClellan
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on Beverly McClellan, the finalist for Team Christina who exemplified what the series was all about - not just being yourself, but being proud of yourself.

She was an example of the blind auditions in action; she didn't look the part of a conventional music star, but she had the talent and the personality. After catching the eye of Christina Aguilera, Beverly let her self-confidence guide her throughout the competition. She was being herself, loud and proud and without fear.

Her rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" ...
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Report: Madonna To Headline Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

October 4th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Madonna
SBNation.com is reporting that Madonna has been picked for the halftime show for the Super Bowl. Citing an inside source, the website says that the Material Girl will be performing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the February 5 event.

After Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the NFL has been picking classic acts for their halftime shows. Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and The Who have all performed since. Last year the Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and Slash took the stage to poor re...
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ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus Thrilled By New Copyright Law Passed By European Union

September 12th, 2011 9:38pm EDT
Bjorn Ulvaeus
ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus was thrilled by a new ruling by the European Union that will see the copyright on sound recordings extended from 50 to 70 years.

"Now I won't have to see ABBA being used in a TV commercial," he says.

The ruling was the result of a proposal from British singer Cliff Richard, who proposed to give composers an extra 25 years to benefit from their creations. On Monday, members of the European Union Council voted in favor of the "Saviour's Day" singer's proposal; however instead of 25 years they extended the copyright on sound recordings by 20 years.

Under the 50-year...
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Tour Keeps Roger Daltrey From Committing To U.K. Version Of 'The Voice'

July 16th, 2011 8:00pm EDT
Roger Daltrey
The Who rocker Roger Daltrey met with TV bosses in Britain to negotiate a role as a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, but had to pull out of talks due to touring commitments.

Despite previously slamming TV talent shows, Daltrey was one of the frontrunners to take a seat on the rejuvenated American Idol when Simon Cowell left to concentrate on his American The X Factor show, but decided the concept was not right for him.

He started negotiations in Britain to sit as a panellist on The Voice, a hit show in the U.S., in which the judges choose their favourites without seeing them, and...
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Roger Daltrey Attacked Bullies With A Chair

July 2nd, 2011 8:30am EDT
Roger Daltrey
The Who rocker Roger Daltrey has revealed he fought off teenage bullies by battering them with a chair.

The singer was targeted when he was a young man because of his diminutive height, but he devised the perfect way to keep the thugs at bay.

He tells Uncut magazine, "I would've like to have been (taller), yes, when I was getting picked on and bullied. But I found a way around it: I hit someone with a chair. It got such a great reaction that everyone left me alone."

"Surprise is everything when you do something like that."
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Roger Daltrey Worried About Pete Townshend's Upcoming Autobiography

June 27th, 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 RollingStone.com, "I'm not particularly looking forward to it. When I look bac...
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Alice Cooper Scared Of Partying With Keith Moon

June 8th, 2011 4:19pm EDT
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper was so scared of partying with hell raising rocker Keith Moon he hid away at a secret location whenever the drummer was in the same city.

Cooper was part of a gang of musicians, including The Who drummer Moon, John Lennon, and Monkees star Micky Dolenz, who gained a reputation for their alcohol-fuelled antics in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Cooper admits that although he enjoying partying hard, Moon was so outrageous he would try to avoid him whenever the British star was in L.A.

The School's Out hit-maker tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "When you party with Keith Moon your bo...
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Pete Townshend Memoir That Caused Stir With Child Porn Research Gets 2012 Release

May 18th, 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...
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Roger Daltrey Announces 'Tommy' Tour Dates

May 12th, 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...
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John Entwistle Named Greatest Bassist Of All Time

April 1st, 2011 8:02pm EDT
John Entwistle
Late The Who star John Entwistle has topped a new online poll to find the best bassist.

The rocker, who died in 2002, beat out Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea and Paul McCartney in the Rolling Stone readers survey.

In naming Entwistle the top man, the publication's editors state, "His solo on My Generation is probably the most famous bass solo in rock history."

"The Who have carried on since his sudden death in 2002, but their music has lacked Entwistle's thunder and been considerably weaker as a result."

Also making the top five: Rush's Geddy Lee and Les Claypool from Primus.

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Roger Daltrey Honors John Entwistle At London Concert

March 26th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Roger Daltrey
The Who star Roger Daltrey remembered the band's late bassist John Entwistle in an emotional tribute during a charity show in London on Thursday night.

The legendary rocker took to the stage for a solo performance at the British capital's Royal Albert Hall as part of his Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, which raise money for sick youngsters.

And, according to NME.com, Daltrey used the opportunity to honor his late The Who band mate, who died of a heart attack in Las Vegas in 2002.

As he thrilled the crowd by playing songs from the band's 1969 album Tommy, Daltrey told them, "Back in the '70...
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