Following the release of the highly acclaimed Quadrophenia box set, BBC 4 will be airing Quadrophenia… Can You See The Real Me? This is an in depth documentary about the making of the iconic album which will broadcast on 29th June at 9pm.
In 1969, Pete Townshend wrote Tommy, a rock opera that made The Who the biggest live band in the world. In 1971 he had a nervous breakdown trying to follow it up. By 1973 the band were broke, Keith Moon was struggling with alcohol and drug problems and Pete and Roger Daltrey were barely speaking. In a last throw of the dice Pete came up with a new concept for a rock opera and named it Quadrophenia. The story depicted a schizophrenic mod called Jimmy who was hell bent on a journey to insanity and back from London to Brighton throughout the Mod heyday of 1964.
Now, in his home studio and revisiting old haunts in Shepherds Bush and the Who’s old Ramport studio in Battersea, Pete Townshend opens his heart and his personal archive in this new film to revisit, in his words, ‘the last great album The Who ever made’. But in 1973 it was an album that almost never was. Beset by money problems, a studio in construction, heroin-taking managers, a lunatic drummer and a culture of extremely heavy drinking, Pete took on an album that nearly broke him. It was also an album that the band had turned their backs on within twelve months of producing.
This fascinating, new BBC documentary directed by Matt O’Casey will feature unheard studio recordings, unseen correspondence and photos, plus archive footage of their 1973 concert at Belle Vue, Manchester that has never previously been seen. There are also in depth interviews with Pete, Roger, photographer Ethan Russell, engineer Ron Nevison, Ramport Studio secretary Georgiana Waller, The Who’s manager Bill Curbishley and tour manager John Wolff.
‘Can You See The Real Me’ will be followed later that evening by ‘Quadrophenia The Movie’ and ‘The Who Live at the Electric Proms’.
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Black Eyed Peas To Headline Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show. While the headliners of the Super Bowl halftime show in recent years have had a median age of over 60 years old, this year’s show is thinking younger. The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning Black Eyed Peas will perform. The Black Eyed Peas’ performance on the Super Bowl halftime show, the most-watched musical event in television, is their first and is set to reach over 150 million viewers in the U.S. alone. The show is broadcast worldwide. They’ll perform a medley of hits, which is sure to include #1s like “I Gotta Feeling” and their latest, “The Time (Dirty Bit).” Their brand new album, “The Beginning,” hits stores Tuesday, November 30th. Included in the purchase of a copy of “The Beginning” is the chance to be a special guest of The Black Eyed Peas at the halftime show, airing live from Cowboys Stadium in North Texas during the Dallas Cowboys vs New Orleans Saints game. The Black Eyed Peas join a list of legendary acts who have headlined the half time show recently, including The Who, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, Paul McCartney, and the Rolling Stones. The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show, starring the Black Eyed Peas, airs Sunday, February 6th during the Super Bowl
Annie Nightingale’s to celebrate 40 years at BBC Radio 1. Annie Nightingale’s four decades at the station with night programmes dedicated to her outstanding broadcasting career. Since becoming BBC Radio 1′s first female DJ in 1970 Annie has been at the forefront of new and groundbreaking music in the UK, with a rare ability to move with the times and appeal to new audiences throughout the years. From Punk rock and New wave to Acid House and modern Breaks, Bassline and Drum & Bass, Annie has brought the music of hundreds of artists and bands to millions of listeners ‘ in her own irreverent style. Along with her status as BBC Radio 1′s longest serving presenter, Annie’s career has taken her on the road with some of the most iconic bands in history, including The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Police. She continues to travel all over the world to DJ at international clubs and festivals, and is known as Queen of the Breaks for her championing of breaks, bass, beats and mixes in her current weekly BBC Radio 1 show and beyond.
The Who to tour Quadrophenia. Roger Daltrey says that The Who will tour in 2011, and incorporate Quadrophenia. Speaking to Billboard, Daltrey spoke of wanting to tour in the second half of 2011. Contrary to their former ‘dying before they get old’ edict, Daltrey now says, ‘We definitely don’t want to stop. We feel it’s the role of the artist to go all the way through life ’til you can’t do it anymore.’ He suggested that they’d incorporate parts of their 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia into next year’s tour. They haven’t performed the songs since 1994 and Daltrey suggested that the plot may need a clarification and an update. He said, “For the newcomers, it was narratively a bit of a puzzle, what Pete and I were to this guy on the screen. It needs a revamp.” The tour would be the first run of shows for the band since 2007.
Muse named Silver Clef Award award winners. Muse have been named as recipients of the Silver Clef Award at the 35th 02 Silver Clef Awards. The charity’s annual luncheon, which raises money for the charity. Muse said, ‘We are delighted to be presented this year’s Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef and join the ranks of such artistes as Robert Plant, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John & The Who. Nordoff Robbins is an exceptional charity that has a positive impact on so many people’s lives, and we are very proud to be recognised by them in this way’. Nordoff Robbins’ O2 Silver Clef Awards celebrated its 35th anniversary in style with some of the biggest names in music from a plethora of genres and generations. Hosted by Sharon Osbourne the charity’s flagship annual music luncheon was again a massive success and honoured the following.
O2 Silver Clef Award Muse
Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award Tony Bennett
Investec Icon Award Dame Vera Lynn
Hard Rock Ambassador Of Rock Award Slash
TAG Newcomer Award JLS
PPL Classical Award Russell Watson
Royal Albert Hall Best British Band Award Scouting For Girls
American Express Digital Innovation Award Dizzee Rascal
Raymond Weil International Award Kelis
Teenage Cancer Trust auction exclusive signed merchandise. To celebrate 10 years of music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall, Teenage Cancer Trust is auctioning exclusive signed merchandise from legendary artists. The exclusive catalogue includes signed t-shirts, programmes and show laminates from this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall concerts. The star studded line up includes The Who, Noel Gallagher, Depeche Mode, Suede, JLS, Arctic Monkeys, The Specials, Them Crooked Vultures, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding and more. In addition to the show merchandise, a one-off signed Marshall Amp by Muse is also up for grabs. Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual concerts have become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the British music calendar. Now into their tenth year, the concerts were the brainchild of Teenage Cancer Trust Patron and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE. Each year, the shows have featured some of the world’s biggest bands and artists. Teenage Cancer Trust believes that teenagers should not have to stop being teenagers, just because they have cancer. The charity funds and develops specialist teenage cancer units within NHS hospitals which enable young people to be treated together, by an expert team, in the best possible environment. Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on quality of life and aims to improve the chances of survival for young people with cancer. Since its inception in 1990, the charity has opened a total of 15 units and plans to build enough so that, by 2012, every single teenager in the UK can have access to the support they provide. To find out more or to make you bid visit www.teenagecancertrust.org
Through the utilization of modern musical technology one of the greatest bands of rock history will get the chance to detail how they’ve made such an impact on their “Generation,” and why, for reasons even they “Can’t Explain,” there is no “Substitute.” Starting at 3 p.m. ET on February 4, Sirius XM Radio will offer a limited time, five-day programming block dedicated to rock legends The Who. Running through 11:59 p.m. on February 8, channel 16 on XM Radio and channel 40 on Sirius Radio will be strictly devoted to commercial-free content chronicling the group’s 40 plus years on the musical scene, featuring such singles as “My Generation,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Pinball Wizard,” “I Can See for Miles,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Who Are You” and many more. Recent album releases by the group will also be thrown into the mix, including content from the compilation “The Who Greatest Hits,” and “The Who Greatest Hits Live,” a collection of previously unreleased and newly mixed concert recordings from throughout the band’s career. In addition to a live broadcast of The Who’s halftime show performance at February 7′s Super Bowl XLIV, listeners of The Who Channel will get the chance to hear interviews with the group’s original members, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. At 2 p.m. ET on February 5, Sirius XM host and music journalist Dave Marsh will sit down with group front man Daltrey and guitarist Townshend to detail their history and the influence they’ve had on the music world. The Who Channel is one of many limited-run channels on Sirius XM devoted to specific artists. In the past, the radio giant also has dedicated channels to a wide range of artists including Metallica, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, John Mellencamp, R.E.M., Coldplay, ABBA, Neil Diamond, Jay-Z, Garth Brooks and Duran Duran. Sirius XM currently offers Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, dedicated to The Boss and company, as well.
The Specials are to receive the Outstanding Contribution prize at this year’s NME Awards. The British ska band – whose career has spanned over 30 years and who are known for their political lyrics – will be presented with the prestigious accolade at the music magazine’s annual ceremony on February 24 at London’s 02 Academy Brixton. The band – fronted by Terry Hall – will close the event with a performance of their biggest hits, which include ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘Rat Race’. In recognition of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s work, NME has renamed the accolade The Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. NME Editor Krissi Murison said: “There are few bands you can truly call revolutionary, but The Specials are certainly one of them. After 30 years of entertaining and inspiring in equal measure, it is an honour to have them at the NME Awards.” Other nominees at this year’s NME Awards include Arctic Monkeys who are up for seven accolades and Kasabian who have six nominations. It was also announced yesterday (01.02.10) The Specials will perform at one of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concerts on March 29. The charity was created ten years ago by The Who and aims to provide specialist teenage cancer units at UK hospitals. It has so far raised over £8.7 million. Other acts confirmed to perform this year include Noel Gallagher – who will be playing his first shows since quitting Oasis – Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys and The Who.
“To play until the end of time,” drummer Stella Mozgawa continues. “Until the end of the universe.” These days it seems rock can move at a snail’s pace … what with bands marching to corporate schedules and marketing strategies, over-thinking everything along the way, it can take a couple of years just to get an album released. But MINK is seizing the moment … and intends to hold on tightly.
The band has clearly hit the ground running. Formed just a blink ago in Spring 2006, MINK has already written more than 60 songs (30 of them in one intense three-week stretch), recorded its debut album in just four weeks (with noted producer Sylvia Massy of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool fame), shot one of the most fun videos of recent times for its infectious song “Talk to Me” with director Christian Lamb (Madonna, Korn, Kelly Clarkson, Incubus Madonna), had another song “Pressure Pressure” featured nightly in ESPN’s 2006 Major League baseball playoffs coverage and has established itself as one of the most exciting new live acts on the scene both in its own club shows and opening big-venue concerts by Angels & Airwaves among others. And all that while going back and forth between New York (from where Carlson hails) and Australia (home to drummer Mozgawa, lead guitarist Nick Maybury, rhythm guitarist David Lowy and bassist
The Clash, AC/DC, The Who, Fleetwood Mac Jimi Hendrix, Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, Janes Addiction, Frank Zappa
In many ways, the 1980s never really died. Many modern bands use a few power chords typical to ‘80s rock, while others play around with the styles and themes of progressive rock. It does come as a bit of a surprise, though, that Green Day would take up this trend in their newest album “21st Century Breakdown.” Perhaps this assertion is a tad unclear. It is not the case that “21st Century Breakdown” is itself some sort of compilation of ‘80s rock. The album does, however, use a great deal of musical tools reminiscent of the era. The prog stylings of an album with a story line makes some sense, what with Green Day’s previous album “American Idiot” doing the same. What makes much less sense, though, is the usage of riffs and styles commonly associated with ‘80s hair metal. Perhaps lead singer and band frontman Billy Joe Armstrong sat in a room listening to bands such as Winger, Poison and Twisted Sister before hitting the studio. Certainly one may ask if Armstrong has had a listen to Queensrÿche’s “Operation: Mindcrime,” as much of “21st Century Breakdown”’s story is delivered in a manner similar to Queensrÿche’s own concept album. Whatever the case, Green Day certainly does more than simply experiment with new styles. Now, this album is not nearly as silly as something by, say, Cinderella, but musically the guitar is both powerful and at times over-the-top. Songs like “21 Guns” and “Last Night on Earth” sound delightfully like power ballads relived, their musical style told anew by Green Day, and “Horseshoes and Handgrenades” embodies a kind of AC/DC rock swagger. It does stand that Green Day covered The Who’s “A Quick One While He’s Away,” which can be found on iTunes. Armstrong himself mentioned parts of the album were inspired by bands such as The Doors and Meatloaf. Musically, this sort of style blending could be disastrous. Such an attempt is a great leap for any band, but Green Day manages to retain its own style while forging a new sound. One of the most noticeable songs on the album is “East Jesus Nowhere” (and not entirely because of the title) for its successful blending of aggressive ‘80s style and the sweeping punk-like lyrics and chorus. Fans of more classic Green Day will be pleased with “The Static Age,” which sounds much like a flashback to some of its earlier albums. The aforementioned “21 Guns” may be the album’s best, with its stop-and-start guitar during the chorus and the spacey vocals Armstrong delivers. On the lyrical end, one could not ask for more. The lyrics can be at times somewhat intense, and as such, seekers of more easy listening may wish to find music elsewhere. The only major problem on the lyrical end is Armstrong’s own slurring voice. He is, as usual, difficult to understand in his pronunciation and level of clarity. Listeners would be well advised to read the lyrics along with the music on the first listen, as many of the more clever, thoughtful and emotive lines can be completely lost in translation. The album also loosely contains a story. The story in this album, though, is not nearly as thick as in some concept albums; at times the album seems more like a collection of songs with interrelated characters than a linear tale. This is, in its own way, somewhat refreshing — it certainly trumps being beaten over the head with the album’s “hidden meaning,” a tactic favored by bands like Styx. The songs stand on their own as well, so going out of order does not carry too great a penalty. It is certainly an experience in itself to piece together a story in an album, but it is not required. Some find Green Day a tad preachy, though this album does not seem to come across that way. It seems more like a social commentary, which one can use how he or she wishes. Ultimately, the album does a spectacular job for its genre — it is not the “next big thing,” but it is certainly delightful to hear a band trying new things musically