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September 2014

New music releases: "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran; "Sugar" - Maroon 5; "Centuries" - Fall Out Boy; "I Don't Fuck With You" - Big Sean ft. E-40

On the 2nd Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey reunite with drummer Zak Starkey at Porchester Hall, Bayswater, London to perform a medley of "See Me Feel Me" and "Baba O'Riley" before a select group of Who fans. The performance airs on the 5th during the international charity telecast Stand Up For Cancer.

Pretend You're in a War: The Who & The Sixties Pretend You're in a War: The Who & The Sixties

On the 18th, Mark Blake releases his excellent biography of the early Who, Pretend You're in a War: The Who & The Sixties through Aurum Publishers.





On the 24th, The Who's first new song since 2006, "Be Lucky", premiers on The Chris Evans Show. The Pete composition is based on a saying of Roger's and contains mentions of AC/DC and Daft Punk.

On the 30th, is the guest of honour at a Health Lottery event benefitting Merton Mercap. He and Richard Desmond, owner of the Daily Express also attend a drumming workshop paid for by the Health Lottery to benefit young people with learning disabilities.



early

Beginning through 1961

The births of the parents, the managers, and the members of The Who...Schooldays ...Discovering rock 'n' roll...the first bands



The Detours 1962

1962

Roger, John, and Pete join together in The Detours...Keith gets drumming lessons and joins his first band...Doug Sandom...first press mention



The Detours 1963

1963

The Beachcombers hire Keith...Art school friends turn up...The Detours meet The Mods...The first Pete Townshend songs...Marshall amps...Tom Wright's record collection...Railway Hotel...Opening for The Rolling Stones



The High Numbers 1964

1964

Goodbye Detours, Hello The Who...Roger marries...Pirate radio...Goodbye Doug Sandom, Hello Keith Moon...Peter Meaden...You're Mods now!...The High Numbers...Zoot Suit/I'm The Face...Meeting the Beatles...Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp...Back to The Who...I Can't Explain...the Marquee residency...Maximum R&B



The Who 1965

1965

I Can't Explain in U.K...The Who London 1965...First TV appearances...Anyway Anyhow Anywhere...Pop Art...Paris...Ready Steady Go!...the unreleased U.S. album...My Generation...Zak Starkey born...Amsterdam and Denmark...Roger vs. Keith...Roger on parole...Sweden...My Generation: The Album...the last Goldhawk Club



The Who 1966

1966

A Whole Scene Going...Circles...Goodbye Brunswick/Decca, Hello Reaction/Atlantic...Substitute...A Legal Matter...Shel Talmy's injunction...Keith marries...The Who Sings My Generation...Invention of the Rock Opera...Beck's Bolero...Pete vs. Keith...Popside...Pete vs. Allan Klein...Back to Decca...The Kids Are Alright...I'm a Boy...Jimi Hendrix...Denmark and Sweden...Talmy lawsuit settled...Ready Steady WHO...Happy Jack...A Quick One



The Who 1967

1967

Brian Epstein...Townshend's Rock Opera...Bucket T #1...Italy...Track Records...The Who in New York...Pictures of Lily...Germany, Finland, and Sweden...Ads for Coca-Cola...Who's Lily?...Monterey Pop...John marries...Covering The Stones...Opening for Herman's Hermits...Keith's 21st birthday...I Can See For Miles...The Smothers Brothers explosion...A single-ur disapointment...Heinz Baked Beans...The Who Sell Out



The Who 1968

1968

Faith in Something Bigger...Off to Australia...The Who vs. The Press...The Who vs. air hostess...A Smashing birthday...Booze-swilling no-hopers...Call Me Lightning...North America by bus...Fillmore East...Naming Led Zeppelin...Lone Ranger...A new rock opera...Pete marries...Going to the Dogs...Summer North American tour...Magic Bus...The Rolling Stone interview...Recording Tommy...The first compilation albums...Last package tour...The Rock 'n Roll Circus



The Who 1969

1969

Thunderclap Newman...Pinball Wizard...Is this man sick?...Tommy meets the press...North American tour #1...Fire at The Fillmore...Tommy released...Boiler Suit and Doc Martens...The Who vs. Chuck Berry...The House That Track Built...Woodstock...Pete vs. Abbie Hoffman...The 2nd Isle of Wight...Tommy at the Concertgebouw...North American tour #2...I'm Free...Tommy at The Coliseum



The Who 1970

1970

Keith kills his chauffeur...The Tommy opera-house tour continues...The Seeker...Live at Leeds...Meher Baba LP #1...Tommy at the Met...North American tour...Tanglewood...The Pete Townshend Page...The 3rd Isle of Wight...See Me, Feel Me...Lifehouse script...Going mobile...Roger and Heather...The aborted "maxi-single"


The Who 1971

1971

The Lifehouse Experiment...200 Motels...The Record Plant sessions...The Death of Lifehouse...John's solo single...Glyn Johns takes the controls...John's solo album...Won't Get Fooled Again...University tour...Pete vs. The Revolution...Who's Next...North American tour...Kennington Oval...Let's See Action...Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy...North American tour


The Who 1972

1972

The first long vacation...Meher Baba album #2...the abandoned Who's Next follow-up...Join Together...Pete begins Quadrophenia...European tour...Saving Clapton...Who Came First...That'll Be the Day...Whistle Rymes...Orchestral Tommy...Relay...Orchestral Tommy live


The Who 1973

1973

Russell Harty...Clapton at the Rainbow...Ramport Studios...Giving It All Away...Keith in Australia...Roger's solo album...Kit Lambert's last stand...Rigor Mortis Sets In...Quadrophenia recording...Keith's radio show...Quadrophenia photos...Roger vs. The Who's managers...Keith's wife leaves him...5:15...Pete goes down...U.K. tour...Backing tape nightmare...Quadrophenia released...U.S. tour...Keith goes down...Jailed in Montreal


The Who 1974

1974

Tommy soundtrack recording...Kenney Jones sits in...Quadrophenia live in Europe...Stardust...Keith moves to Los Angeles...Pete live at The Roundhouse...Filming Tommy...Charlton...Madison Square Garden...Clapton on tour with Pete and Keith...Filming ends...Don't Worry Baby...Odds & Sods...Moon and Ollie...Drumming goldfish...Entwistle's £25,000 hobby


The Who 1975

1975

Tommy: The Soundtrack...Mad Dog...The Ox U.S. tour...Two Sides of the Moon...Tommy: The Movie...Keith forgets how to drum...Pete's 30th Birthday rant...Flash Fearless...Ride a Rock Horse...Roger the star...Roger fires back...The Who by Numbers...U.K. tour...Laser beams...Lisztomania...European tour...North American tour...Orgy in Houston...Squeeze Box...Xmas at Hammersmith


The Who 1976

1976

European tour...Meher Baba album #3...Keith interrupts Boston...U.S. tour continues...Pete's tinnitus diagnosis...Bill Curbishley manages...The Who Put the Boot In Tour...The Whirlwind Tour...The Story of The Who...The Who and The Dead...All This and World War II...Sextette


The Who 1977

1977

Pete gets his check...Drunk with the Sex Pistols...Keith in and out of hospital...One of the Boys...Shooting The Kids Are Alright...A stake in Shepperton...Shooting Moon in Malibu...Rough Mix...Roger vs. Glyn Johns...Live at Kilburn



The Who 1978

1978

Shooting at John's...Keith entertains Monty Python...Rabbit auditions...Track Records dies...Who Are You promo video...Last show at Shepperton...Keith's desk job...Peter Meaden dies...London Who exhibition...U.S. Who promotion...Who Are You LP...Keith Moon dies...The Who carry on...Quadrophenia filming...Kenney Jones joins The Who


The Who 1979

1979

Quadrophenia with Kenney...Tommy on stage...The return of The Who...The Who at Cannes...The Kids Are Alright: The Movie...The Secret Policeman's Ball...Rock Against Racism...Quadrophenia: The Movie...The Who Roar In...Madison Square Garden...The Legacy...11 dead in Cincinnati...The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea


The Who 1980

1980

Pete and The Clash...Teresa...Rough Boys...European tour...There ain't no bears in there...Empty Glass...North American tour...Let My Love Open the Door...Free Me...McVicar...Cincinnati testimony...Without Your Love...Virgin's My Generation...Finishing Face Dances...Pete's broke


The Who 1981

1981

U.K. tour...John goes blond...You Better You Bet...Face Dances...An Arty Party...Moon the Loon...Rockpalast...Kit Lambert dies...Roger vs. Kenney...Rabbit fired...Pete nearly dies from drug overdose...Too Late the Hero...Hooligans



The Who 1982

1982

Pete cleans up...I Want My MTV!...Pete comes clean...All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes...The Prince's Trust Gala...Roger announces the "probably the last" tour...It's Hard...Athena...The Who for Schlitz...North American tour...The Who The End...Eminence Front


1983

1983

Siege...Pete cannot write new Who...British tour cancelled...Pete decides to leave The Who...Pete gets a day job...Cincinnati settled...Closing the Warners contract...The Beggars' Opera...A Comedy of Errors...Pete breaks up The Who



1984

1984

Parting Should Be Painless...Roger rants...David Gilmour...Writing White City...Chiswick Family Rescue...Pete and the Tories...Sacking the crew...Who's Last



The Who 1985

1985

The Anti-Heroin campaign...Horses' Neck...Live Aid...Under a Raging Moon...After the Fire...Brixton Academy...Face the Face...The South Bank Show...White City: A Novel...Who's Missing...Roger's first solo tour



1986

1986

Quicksilver Lightning...Colombian Volcano Appeal...Pete's dance album...The Buzzard bass...Deep End Live!...The Rock fails to roll...The Little Matchgirl



1987

1987

Another Scoop...AIDS Day Benefit...The Hunting of the Snark...Two's Missing...Can't Wait to See the Movie...Double O Charity...John live with Rat Race Choir



The Who 1988

1988

BPI Life Achievement...Who's Better Who's Best...John's huge tax bill...John solo North American tour...Roger's trout farm...A new Who album?...Rumors of Who...Pete backs out of tour



The Who 1989

1989

Pete changes his mind about tour...Mack the Knife...Pete under glass...The 25th Anniversary Tour...Roger in pain...The Iron Man...Pete gets speared...All-Star Tommy...the U.K. shows



1990

1990

Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame induction...Aspel & Co...Join Together live album...John goes to Japan with The Best...Is Pete gay?



1991

1991

Midnight Caller...Buddy's Song...Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting...Roger and The Chieftains...John re-marries...Pete's bicycle accident



1992

1992

The Freddy Mercury Memorial Concert...Leno and Letterman fight over Roger...La Jolla presents The Who's Tommy...Rocks in the Head...Roger goes to Colombia



1993

1993

The Who catalog re-do begins...The Who's Tommy on Broadway...Pete sings with The Ramones...Roger on Highlander...PsychoDerelict...Pete wins Tonys...Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groundbreaking...PsychoDerelict North American tour...The Iron Man at Young Vic...Pete's repressed memories


1994

1994

Pete backs off the booze...Pete's Playboy interview...The Who, separately, at Carnegie Hall...Roger's 50th birthday surprise...Lightning Jack...the Tommy Grand Right Document...Roger digs dirt in Goldmine...Thirty Years of Maximum R&B...Roger tours Townshend...Pete's first marriage ends


1995

1995

The Who expanded CDs...The Who's Tommy in Canada and Germany...John tours with Ringo...Cancelled Roger tours...Pete opens for Paul Simon...The first Who Convention...Roger as The Tin Man



The Who 1996

1996

John's Left for Dead tour...The Rock released...Lifehouse: The One That Got Away...The Who's Tommy in London...Tommy CD-Rom...Pete's acoustic tour...Roger's eye vs. microphone stand...Quadrophenia in Hyde Park...Madison Square Garden...Isle of Wight 1970 release...Pete meets Rachel...Okay, it's The Who...North American Quad tour...Rock and Roll Circus release...Pete takes the Bridge...Earl's Court


The Who 1997

1997

Rude Awakenings...Baptizm by Fire...Sliders...Quad in Europe...Pete for Maryville Academy...John's King Biscuit 1975 released...John at Fantasy Camp...North American Quad tour...Van-Pires premiers...Who music in commercials



1998

1998

Emma Townshend...Symphonic Who...John the Artist...Roger plays gay...Highlander convention...Roger confronts Pete...Left for Dead: The Sequel...British Rock Symphony...Pete returns to Woodstock...Dear Boy...Who convention...Rock the Dock...Roger shuts down Dougal's Moon movie...Pete adds rap...Roger as Scrooge on Broadway


The Who 1999

1999

John in financial trouble again...Another John U.S. tour...Woodstock '99...Maryville Academy CD...Psychoderelict on Broadway?...The Vegas Job...Halloween on the Bridge...Leprechauns...The House of Blues...Handel's Messiah...Lifehouse: The Radio Play...Bass Guitarist of the Millennium...Shepherd's Bush Empire


The Who 2000

2000

Eelpie.com...Lifehouse Chronicles...Avatar...BBC Sessions...Roger tours Australia...Lifehouse Live...Railway Hotel burns...VH1 Storytellers...The Blues to The Bush...The Making of Who's Next...Auction for Oxfam...The Who tour North America...My Generation on ebay...Music from Van-Pires...Pete live CD's...CSI...The Simpsons...The Who vs. Bush...Royal Albert Hall


The Who 2001

2001

AARP: My Generation...Ivor Novello Award...2001: A Bass Odyssey...Gov't Mule...A Walk Down Abbey Road...Witchblade...Pete defends commercials...Live At Leeds: Deluxe...Live at the Royal Albert Hall released...The Oceanic Concerts released...The Concert for New York City...Scoop 3...John in Japan


The Who 2002

2002

A Different Bomb...The Who for Teenage Cancer Trust...Music from Lifehouse DVD...That 70's Show...Final rehearsals with John...Ultimate Collection...John dies at the Hard Rock...Pete's big decision...Pino Palladino...The Two continue...My Generation: Deluxe Edition...Bush misquotes Who...CSI:Miami...Left for Live CD


2003

2003

Operation Ore develops a leak...Trial by tabloid...Roger for the defence...Pete cleared of all suspicion...Forced onto Sex Offender's Registry...John's guitars auctioned...Roger at Fantasy Camp...Pete has to end campaign against child abuse...Roger in My Fair Lady...Extreme History...Who convention...The Kids Are Alright restored...RD Crusaders...Tommy: Deluxe Edition


The Who 2004

2004

Real Good Looking Boy...The Who live returns...The Singles Box...The Who for CBS...U.K. tour...Live in Boston DVD...Pete vs. Michael Moore...The Who do Japan...The Who return to Australia...Top Gear



The Who 2005

2005

Commander of the British Empire...Roger at Fantasy Camp...Petra Haden...John's final auction...Four Seasons of Hope...Live8...Thunderfingers...McFly...Just Breathe...The Boy Who Heard Music blog...In The Attic webcasts...In The Ether...Mike Myers as Moon?...Tommy/Quadrophenia Live DVD...A Night at the Proms...In The Attic Live...Mark Wilkerson bios Pete


The Who 2006

2006

The Lifehouse Method at last...Johnny Was...Roger at Who Convention...An Ox's Tale...Highbury Highs...Most Conservative Rock...Return to Leeds...U.K. tour...European tour...Wire & Glass...The Who on Letterman...Endless Wire North America tour...Tea & Theatre...Endless Wire...Pete closes website...Roger on CSI...Pete and Rachel at Barnes & Noble


The Who 2007

2007

South Bank Awards...Attic Jam...North America tour...Pete's autobio blog...Roger collapses...SXSW...The Who Royal Albert Hall...The Zimmers...View from a Backstage Pass...European tour...Glastonbury...Scandanavia...Fragments DVD...Amazing Journey movie...TheWho.com...The Who on Jools Holland


The Who 2008

2008

Roger and Pete acoustic at Royal Albert Hall...T-Bone Burnett and a new Who album...Quiet, Pete working...VH1 Rock Honors...Last Play at Shea...Pete vs. Bill Maher...North American tour...Michael J. Fox...Japan...Kennedy Center Honors



2009

2009

James Joyce Award...Keith Moon blue plaque...The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition...The Who down under...In The Attic CD/DVD...Smithereens do Tommy...Quadrophenia: The Musical...My Generation joins U.S. Recording Registry...Roger at Cannes...Floss plotline...Use It or Lose It tour...Mike Myers Moon Movie cancelled...Roger's vocal chords rebuilt


2010

2010

Greatest Hits - Live...The Super Bowl...Roger opens for Clapton...Who tribute at Carnegie Hall...Quadrophenia at Royal Albert Hall...Charity work...Live At Leeds Super Deluxe...Betty Townshend dies



2011

2011

Killing Cancer...Roger on Loose Women...Roger on the QEII...Roger tours Tommy solo...Pete's hearing aids...Pete lectures Apple...UCLA's Daltrey/Townshend Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Ward...Pete at Bush Hall...Quadrophenia Super Deluxe...Pete at Prince's Trust...The Who Lotus Evora...Pawn Stars


2012

2012

Pete sells out to Spirit...Fighting for eel pie...Roger as caterpillar...Daltrey-McCartney-Wood-Weller...Olympics ask for the Moon...Townshend-Beck...Quadrophenia documentary...Roger graduates...Support for Pussy Riot...Closing the Olympics...Pete's autobiography...North American Quadrophenia tour...The Who at the National Press Club...Concert for Sandy Relief


2013

2013

Les Paul Award...North America Quadrophenia tour...Scott Devours takes the chair...Pete vs. little girl...Madison Square Garden Theater...European Quadrophenia tour...The One Direction sound-alike...Who convention...Roger commencement...Tommy documentary...Roger serenades U.S. Congress...Tommy: Super Deluxe...Roger turns right


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The Who Moving On tour

The Who are back on tour!
Click above for tour dates.


The Age of Anxiety

The Age of Anxiety
Pete Townshend's long-gestating first novel coming 5th November.


Tommy at 50 book

Tommy at 50 book
Chris Charlesworth and the cover's artist Mike McInnerney on 50 years of an amazing journey. Now wherever you buy books.


Lifehouse graphic novel

Lifehouse - The Graphic Novel
Based on Pete Townshend's original screenplay. Coming August 2020 from Heavy Metal


Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite

Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite
The NEW Roger Daltrey autobiography.


LetTheGoodTimesRoll

Let the Good Times Roll
The NEW Kenney Jones autobiography.


As Long As I Have You

As Long As I Have You
The NEW Roger Daltrey album. Featuring guitar from Pete Townshend. Now available.


Join Together (with the band)

Join Together (with the band)
The Who's official photographer with a book of his best pictures of the band. Click HERE to pre-order.


The Who Live at the Fillmore East 1968

Live at the Fillmore East 1968
At last! Just 50 years late! The official release of The Who live at the Fillmore East during The Who Sell Out tour. Mixed and mastered from multi-track tape.


Who Came First 45th Anniversary

Who Came First 45th Anniversary
Plus, a 2-CD edition of Pete's first solo album (with friends) featuring 8 previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes from Pete.


Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture

Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture
An expensive but interesting collection of essays analysing the times, the album, and the film. Click HERE to order.


The Who Maximum As and Bs

The Who Maximum A's and B's
All The Singles! (at last!) in one beautiful boxset.


The Who Isle of Wight 2004 DVD

The Who Live at the Isle of Wight 2004
Blu-Ray/2-CD set on sale April 2.


The Who On The Who book

The Who On The Who edited by Sean Egan. A large collection of uncut interviews with The Who.


The Who In The City book

The Who In The City by Ian Snowball. In depth look at The Who's history and locations within the City of London.


Keith Moon graphic novel

Who Are You? The Life & Death of Keith Moon by Jim McCarthy and Marc Olivent. The life of Keith in graphic novel form.


Keith Moon No Substitute book

There Is No Substitute: A Tribute To Keith Moon by Ian Snowball. The art and style of The Who's irreplacable drummer.


PeteTownshend.net

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