The grandparents aren't alright. Throughout his career, Pete Townshend's famously profane mouth has often caused his admirers to smile, shake their heads and say, "That's just Pete being Pete." But now, it seems to have gotten him in trouble with a fan and his daughter.
The Who were undoubtedly one of the most innovative and important hard rock bands of all time. Ranging from psychedelic pop rock material like 'I Can See For Miles' and 'Pinball Wizard' all the way through epic arena rock classics like 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and 'Who Are You,' they virtually single-handedly perfected both the concept album and the rock opera. But the latter part of the decade was unkind to the group, who experienced a series of misfortunes leading into the early part of the '80s. On Dec. 16, 1983, guitarist Pete Townshend announced that he was leaving the Who, effectively ending the group.
It's a good thing neither Pete Townshend nor Roger Daltrey died before they got old, or else they would not have been able to rock Madison Square Garden tonight (Dec. 12). The Who put on a master class while rocking for a good cause, raising money for the Robin Hood Relief Fund to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The death of Ravi Shankar has cast a pall over the classic rock world as the many artists he inspired or worked with reflect on their memories with the famed sitar player. Shankar died at age 92 on Tuesday night in San Diego after complaining of breathing problems this week. He'd recently had heart valve surgery.
Many of the same artists who participated in the star-studded Hurricane Sandy relief telethon that aired on NBC a few weeks ago, plus more, are coming together in New York City on Wednesday, December 12, for a huge benefit concert.
Classic rock lovers tuning into Game 1 of the World Series last night (Oct. 24) were greeted with a surprise. The legendary music of the Who was used throughout the telecast, which will continue throughout the tournament, contested this year between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.
The catalog of The Who is extensive, and fans that see shows on the recently announced North American tour will get a music lovers dream come true as the band performs the 1973 concept album Quadrophenia in it's entirety.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend would like to see digital retailer iTunes do more to help artists, especially new artists. During the inaugural John Peel Lecture on Monday night Townshend, as promised, questioned if music could survive the cyber world.
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