Thursday, May 3, 2007

PETE TOWNSHEND ON THE INTERNET

Pete Townshend hopes the internet will make live performances "redundant". The Who guitarist has branded live shows "absurd" and believes world tours will soon be a thing of the past. Townshend said in a magazine interview: "Live performing is becoming an absurdity. The internet could and should make it redundant."Until global live internet events satisfy music fans who need to feel involved, I must travel the longest distance to be with them."Roger Daltrey and I are back on the road now, touring, doubtful we can get away with it for much longer, but not caring much if we don't - the audience are in charge, after all." The legendary musician also claims he invented the first portable tape player and is furious he didn't patent it before electronics giant Sony. Townshend said: "I would carry around with me some kind of sound system to use while driving. I developed a number of portable players employing headphones, eventually coming up with something very much like the Walkman cassette machine. "I was furious when I realized I hadn't had the time or the inclination to patent it and Sony would develop it and rule the world."

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Friday, April 27, 2007

PETE TOWNSHEND ON THE WHO LEGEND

The Who's Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend says Keith Moon's wild behavior made The Who a legendary band. The guitarist admits the late drummer's infamous antics - which included him wrecking numerous hotel rooms and allegedly driving a car, either a Rolls-Royce or Lincoln Continental, into a swimming pool - were responsible for perpetuating the group's hell raising reputation. Speaking at the launch of his new online musical project 'The Method', Townshend told BANG Showbiz: "Keith would say things like, 'I'll dress as Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Propaganda Minister), someone else can dress as Hitler and we're go to a Jewish restaurant.' It was all just to get on the front page of a newspaper."I suppose it helped me because it made my music legendary and added to the myth surrounding The Who." Moon died aged just 32 on September 7 1978 after overdosing on Clomethiazole - a prescription drug he was taking to help him stop drinking alcohol. 'The Method' is a computer system created by Townshend, software engineer David Snowdon and mathematician and composer Lawrence Ball. The software allows users to create unique and personal pieces of music by inputting a personal photograph, a sound, the user's voice and a rhythm. 'The Method' launches on May 1 on www.lifehouse-method.com.

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