Bay Area’s San Francisco PUNCH interviewed The Who’s very own keyboard supremo, Loren Gold. Loren has been playing keyboards and singing backing vocals with the band since 2012, and with Roger Daltrey since 2009.
On each night of the current Who tour you’ll hear Loren accompanying Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey on many of The Who’s greatest hit songs, plus you’ll get to hear Loren’s beautiful piano introduction to ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ – an introduction which he varies from show to show but which always circles back to that familiar three-note repeat pattern which signals the true beginning of the song. And if that doesn’t bring up the hairs on the back of your neck, listen out for Loren’s own favourite moment when the synthesizer ends its hypnotic intro to ‘Baba O’Riley’ and Loren’s hands hover over the keyboard ready for that famed F Major chord . . .
Roger Daltrey was putting together a band for a solo tour about ten years ago when the voice behind The Who put a call out looking for Los Angeles pianists. It wasn’t long until word made it to Loren Gold. The L.A.-based keyboard player, vocalist and songwriter originally from Palo Alto scored an audition and was given a few songs to learn ahead of time, including Joe Cocker’s cover of “A Little Help from my Friends.”“I studied every subtle
nuance of that song’s intro. I was playing nuances that no one would know. I spent two weeks, eight hours a day, learning every possible part of that song. And when I went into the audition, Roger said, ‘Let’s just jam the blues.’ We never even played it!” Loren chuckles. “Classic. Ishook his hand thinking I’d never see him again.”
Today, Loren sees him nightly. After securing his place in Daltrey’s band No Plan B, Loren became the
keyboardist and a supporting vocalist for The Who, joining the rock titans on the road since 2012.
Roger Daltrey was putting together a band for a solo tour about ten years ago when the voice behind The Who put a call out looking for Los Angelespianists. It wasn’t long until word made it to Loren Gold.
read the full article HERE
LOREN GOLD’S BACKSTAGE BLOG
First off, I have to tell you – I love my job . . .
Nothing is better than waking up on show day, knowing you’ll be performing some of the greatest popular music ever written and recorded. I thought I would share a typical day with you Wholigans!
If you don’t manage to get a copy of the magazine here is a four-page PDF of the Punch feature on Loren.