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Townshend posted a PDF file on his old website for all to read almost a year before his so called bust for kiddie porn. He explained what he was doing and why he was doing it. To the best of my knowledge he was never convicted of anything. They confiscated his computers and other personal belongings and found nothing to charge him on. Of course, the "press" really never printed this with the same fire and brimstone that they used when they first reported his kiddie porn bust. But then again, they never do follow up well do they.

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I'm not stupid, I know it is a classic. I like Who's Next, but that's when they started to sound like 70's arena rock and the rock opera thing has never appealed to me. Their first three albums were frickin' groundbreaking. Those albums and singles made every fuckin teenager in Europe and USA want to start a band and be rockstars. That was way ahead of Who's Next. Most people I know, which are Mods and fans of 60's r'n'b and soul, prefer the albums I mentioned over those you are speaking of. Just because millions of flies eat shit, it doesn't mean I'll have to do it, right?!

I've gotta say that I'm with Swede on this matter. Not that "Who's Next" is a bad album; I liked it when it came out and still do to a certain point. But like LZ IV, radio played it to death, and so I can only stand to listen to it occasionally, and I prefer the tracks "My Wife", "Bargain" and "Going Mobile" to warhorses such as "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again".

Not a big fan of the rock operas "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia", and the less said about stuff like "Squeeze Box", the better. And anyone who prefers the Who of the 80's and beyond needs their head examined.

No, when I think of the Who, and go to put some on my stereo, it's the classic 60's mod-style Who I reach for...everything up to and including "The Who Sell Out". That's the stuff that will always sound timeless and fresh to me..."The Kids Are Alright"..."Happy Jack"..."Tattoo"..."I Can't Explain"..."Pictures of Lily"..."Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"..."Substitute"...and on and on.

Oh, and in case you haven't heard the news...

Roger Daltrey taking "Tommy" on North American tour

Thu May 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Who" frontman Roger Daltrey is taking the British band's 1969 rock opera "Tommy" on a six-week North American tour beginning in September, concert promoters said on Thursday.

Daltrey, 67, will perform the album in its entirety, using visuals to accompany classic songs like "Pinball Wizard," "See Me, Feel Me" and "The Acid Queen."

His bandmate Pete Townshend, who wrote the music and lyrics to the tale of the "deaf, dumb and blind boy" who becomes a messiah, has given Daltrey his blessing but will not be taking part.

"I will be there in spirit. Roger has my complete and most loving support," Townshend said in a statement.

The tour of the United States and Canada kicks off in Hollywood, Fla., on September 13 and follows Daltrey's performance of the album in London in March.

It is at this point that I would like to thank Led Zeppelin for not turning into the Who...or as they should be called now, the half-a-Who.

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I read about that tour earlier this week. I hope Daltrey realizes he's going to be playing to half empty houses, or worse. Unfortunately you're right, Zeppelin is the anti-who..........they never did this after Bonham's death.

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You know as sure as there is oxygen in your lungs, that as much as it would be painful to see Robert, Jimmy, and JPJ limp around on stage the way The Who (or what's left of them anyway) are, nearly half the people here would shit their pants to make it happen anyway.

On one hand, they're your favorite band and you want to see them, on the other they're your favorite band and you don't want them to embarrass themselves and then suffer the negative press that it would attract.

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If this was being presented as The Who and Daltrey didn't have Townshend's blessing it would be completely different. Otherwise, I really don't have a problem with it. Much of what the Who did was done with the intention of Townshend writing material for Daltrey to interpret so this isn't really all that far fetched.

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Somehow during my youth I missed out on The Who. I'm only now discovering their music library.

Here is my favorite (one of the hits I do recall) and Roger Daltry sure has presence on stage!

I'd like to get a cd of their best work (excluding a basic greatest hits album).

Can someone give me some suggestions on the thread or PM me? Thanks............missy

From 1975............Behind Blue Eyes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkLI121OBms

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Pete was punk before anybody ever thought of the term..........

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The Who have been The Was since September of '78.

With Daltrey's diminished voice, and no Pete Townshend, this is nothing but a sham.

Embarrassing and pathetic.

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With Daltrey's diminished voice, and no Pete Townshend, this is nothing but a sham.

A "sham" is implying the potential audience for this is somehow being misled into believing it's something it's not. Daltrey has been completely upfront about having Townshend's blessing. It's also not being advertised as "The Who". Since the audience knows this going in, it's definitely not a sham.

Agreed about his voice but it seems like on rare occasions, he's still able to pull off his signature scream from "Won't Get Fooled Again".

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From RollingStone.com:

Pete Townshend Will Finally Deliver His Memoir Next Year

The Who guitarist plans release the book in fall 2012, after 15 years of work

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By ANDY GREENE

Pete Townshend's long-awaited memoir Who He? is finally going to see the light of day. The Who guitarist has inked a deal with Harper Collins to release the book, which the publisher says will hit shelves in the fall of 2012. “In the 1970s, Pete Townshend famously asked the musical question ‘Who are you?’” Harper Collins executive editor David Hirshey said in a statement. “Now, in his autobiography, generations of fans will finally get the answer they’ve been waiting for.”

Townshend began working on his autobiography in the mid-1990s. When he was cautioned by the British Police in 2003 for accessing child pornography on the Internet, Townshend explained that he was researching material for the book. "I have been writing my childhood autobiography for the past seven years," he said in a written statement. "I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time. I cannot remember clearly what happened, but my creative work tends to throw up nasty shadows - particularly in Tommy. Some of the things I have seen on the net have informed my book which I hope will be published later this year."

There was no further word about the book at the time, but four years later Townshend began a blog with plans of posting segments of it online. "The backbone is complete, all the research is in place," Townshend wrote. "And yet, because my creative and professional life is still so active, I feel I will never catch up with the present unless I retire simply to write. To retire, simply to write, when I am already a writer, presents a contradiction. So rather than endlessly write, I am going to publish."

He published a fascinating account of the day that the Who previewed Tommy for critics in 1969 at a London jazz club, but soon afterwards he shut the site down with little explanation. In September of 2008 he wrote on his website that the book was "on ice." There's been little word on it since.

The Who have been off the road since they toured Australia in 2009. Last year they played halftime at the Super Bowl, as well as staging Quadrophenia for charity at the Royal Albert Hall. Roger Daltrey expressed interest in bringing that show - as well as Tommy - on a world tour this year. A few weeks ago, the Who frontman announced an extensive solo tour where he'll play Tommy straight though. What exactly that means for the future of the Who remains unclear. One year ago, Townshend expressed a reluctance to return to the road. "I’m tired of touring at the moment, and I’m writing," he said. "So there are no plans right now." In that same interview, a fan asked Townshend about touring Tommy in 2019 to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary. "If we wait until 2019 one thing I can assure you: I will not be on stage," he wrote. "I will either be composing or decomposing."

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I've always found "Love Reign O'er Me" to be a powerful song. I love the varying emotions and the realness in the way Daltrey sings the song. My all-time favorite track from The Who. Some of my favorite rock and roll lyrics ever, too. I recommend it to anyone who asks about them.

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Unfortunately you're right, Zeppelin is the anti-who..........they never did this after Bonham's death.

...despite Jimmy's efforts to do so in 1986, 1991, & 2008. dry.gif

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You know as sure as there is oxygen in your lungs, that as much as it would be painful to see Robert, Jimmy, and JPJ limp around on stage the way The Who (or what's left of them anyway) are, nearly half the people here would shit their pants to make it happen anyway.

On one hand, they're your favorite band and you want to see them, on the other they're your favorite band and you don't want them to embarrass themselves and then suffer the negative press that it would attract.

I doubt very seriously that Zeppelin would gather negative press at this point. Even if they did, who would listen? I would love to have the opportunity to see them play live, limping around or not. That wouldn't be embarrassing, that would be f*cking amazing. They are doing pretty damn well for their age.

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Pete Townshend Announces 'Quadrophenia' Box Set

Singer doesn't address the future of the Who, but recently said he's contemplating retirement

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The Who perform in Manchester, England, 1973.

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By ANDY GREENE

Pete Townshend has posted a rare blog entry to announce a new Quadrophenia box set that's coming out in October. He used to blog all the time, but he got so angry about journalists taking quotes out of context he largely abandoned the practice. With that in mind, here's the complete text of his statement.

To read the entire article click here.

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Well now, THIS will be worth they price tag whatever it'll be. A super deluxe release of Quad is long overdue. Great news here.

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Well now, THIS will be worth they price tag whatever it'll be. A super deluxe release of Quad is long overdue. Great news here.

I still need to pick up that Live At Leeds set. Believe it or not, I've never heard it.

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I still need to pick up that Live At Leeds set. Believe it or not, I've never heard it.

GET IT NOW! DO NOT DEPRIVE YOURSELF ANY LONGER!

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I still need to pick up that Live At Leeds set. Believe it or not, I've never heard it.

Really? Well you really should, it's the best live album I've ever heard. Forty years since I first heard it I think it still is.

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Really? Well you really should, it's the best live album I've ever heard. Forty years since I first heard it I think it still is.

Yep, it's amazing the amount of music we miss out on. I imagine there's some people out there that still haven't heard the Allman's Live at Fillmore East, or even worse, Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus, definitely one of my all time favorite live records.

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Yep, it's amazing the amount of music we miss out on. I imagine there's some people out there that still haven't heard the Allman's Live at Fillmore East, or even worse, Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus, definitely one of my all time favorite live records.

I agree with you about Waiting For Columbus! Have you heard the deluxe edition?

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I love the Music and Legacy of the WHO, the original WHO. Even when Moonie unfortunately died and they replaced him with Kenny Jones. "Eminence Front" is one of my favorite WHO songs. However, in this day and age, I cannot and will not accept the WHO as just Pete and Roger. When 2 of the original members carry on with 4 other musicians in the background (bass, drums, keyboards and rhythm guitar) I absolutely do not think it is even close to the same, despite the name.

Just my opinion.

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