Pete Townshend Is Starting a New Who Record in Covid Isolation


Pete Townshend turns 75 today “I feel really lucky because what I do mainly is spend a lot of time on my own in the studio,” he told the BBC. “I feel like I’ve been given an answer to a prayer”

The coronavirus may have forced the Who to push all their tour dates until 2021, but that doesn’t mean Pete Townshend has been inactive. In a new interview with the BBC’s Matt Everett, he revealed he’s using the downtime to begin work on new Who music.(Rolling Stone)

“I’m in Wilshire; I’ve got a country place here,” he said. “I have to say I feel really lucky because what I do mainly is spend a lot of time on my own in the studio. I feel like I’ve been given an answer to a prayer I don’t think I would have had the guts to do, which is to say, ‘Please cancel everything and give me some time in the studio!’ It feels like a gift.”

His focus now is on a remix of “Beads on One String” from the Who’s 2019 record Who for possible release as a single. “The other thing I’ve done is looked at the possibility of starting work early — I was going to do this next year — but starting work early on writing new songs for another Who album, as the last one did so well. So, I’m knocking ideas around.”

Another project in the works is a musical adaptation of his 2019 novel The Age of Anxiety. “It’s time-consuming, but it’s really pleasurable,” he said. “I’m working with orchestrations, drum boxes, old vintage synthesizers and, of course, the usual guitars and piano.”

Townshend has revealed how he will fill his time during the coronavirus pandemic, and the 36-year-old hip-hop star – who was also known as Childish Gambino – is one of the artists he’s looking forward to dedicating “an hour of concentrated listening” to, whilst he quipped that he keeps saying the youth of today, the Spotify generation, don’t spend enough time getting stuck into one record.(


Speaking to Shaun Keaveny on BBC Radio 2, he said: “I have to say, I have thought, well this would be a good time to sit down and get the vinyl out of Nick Cave’s [2019 album] ‘Ghosteen’.

“So I will be listening to music I think.”

Donald’s new record features Ariana Grande and 21 Savage collaborations, among others.

The album is available on streaming services, and it is also available as a continuous play via his Donald Glover Presents website, which initially featured the new tracks on March 15th before they were taken down.

Just two of the songs have titles, ‘Algorhythm’ and ‘Time’, with the other names appearing as the time they feature on the album, such as ‘0.00’ and ‘12.38’.

Meanwhile, The Who recently rescheduled their UK and Ireland tour for March 2021.

Roger Daltrey, 76, and Pete were among the musicians forced to delay their shows this month, due to the pandemic.

Pete had admitted that this could be “the last shows of this type” from the ‘Baba O’Riley’ rockers.

He said in a statement: “May be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.”

All tickets already purchased for the tour will remain valid for the rescheduled dates.

The original 11 dates were due to take place this March 16 through to April 8.

By: WCPO staff  CINCINNATI — is providing four days of coverage about The Who’s Cincinnati concert in 1979 – including a one-hour TV documentary.






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