1. Gustav Metzger, 'Auto-Destructive' Artist Who Inspired Pete Townshend, Dies at 90

    March 02, 2017 10:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Gustav Metzger, whose concept of "auto-destructive art" inspired The Who's Pete Townshend to smash his guitars, has died at age 90. Publicist Erica Bolton said Metzger died Wednesday at his London home. Born to Polish Jewish parents i ...

  2. Rock Stars Fight Depositions in Legal Dispute Spanning Decades of Music History

    February 23, 2017 1:41 PM EST 0 0 0 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio is a nice visit, but for music aficionados looking to explore the business side of rock history, a trip to a New York federal courtroom might be more educational. There, some legends including Rollin ...

  3. David Bowie Honored at The Who's Madison Square Garden Concert

    March 04, 2016 5:33 AM EST 0 0 0 The Who and Madison Square Garden paid tribute to the late, legendary David Bowie prior to the British rock group’s performance Thursday night in NYC.  Bowie, who passed away Jan. 10 after a battle with cancer, had strong connections with both band ...

  4. That Time Bill Murray Taught Eric Clapton to Play 'Gloria'

    December 02, 2015 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 In the dramedy  Rock the Kasbah  (recently in theaters), Bill Murray stars as a talent manager who risks his life to help a Pashtun singer realize her dream of becoming the first woman to sing on Afghanistan's  American Idol  equivalent. The sc ...

  5. Natalie Imbruglia Takes on the Boys With a Feminine Twist on ‘Male’: Album Review

    July 31, 2015 5:46 PM EDT In 1997, Natalie Imbruglia sprinkled fairy dust all over “Torn,” her hit Ednaswap cover. On Male , her first album since 2009, the Aussie singer-actress works more remake magic on tunes originally performed by such male acts as Neil Young , Death C ...

  6. Glastonbury 2015: The Who Rocks the Crowd, Kanye West Goes Solo, and More Highlights From This Year's Festival

    June 29, 2015 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Less a festival, more a pop-up city set over 900 acres, in a time when hundreds of British festivals are competing with one another, Glastonbury remains king. The site is so vast and potentially disorientating that guided tours are now offered for o ...

  7. X Ambassadors & Houndmouth Rule Rock Charts, Pete Townsend Returns

    June 19, 2015 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The bands reign on their first tries, while "Quadrophenia" returns in a new form. Plus, a Michael Jackson classic gets a makeover. Two rising bands rule a pair of Billboard 's rock charts. With a 2-1 climb, X Ambassadors ' " ...

  8. Pete Townshend on New 'Classic Quadrophenia' Album and Putting the Classical in Classic Rock

    June 10, 2015 5:15 PM EDT Pete Townshend 's Classic Quadrophenia  apparently won't be eligible for the classical charts in the U.K., and Townshend is none too pleased about it. And The Who guitarist railed about in a recent Facebook post  about the  orchestral ad ...

  9. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2015 Day 2 Highlights: The Who, John Legend, Trombone Shorty & More

    April 26, 2015 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course continued Saturday (April 25) with performances by The Who , Trombone Shorty , John Legend , Juvenile and many others. Here are the highlights from day 2 of Jazz Fest 2015. J ...

  10. Exclusive Video: Bachman-Turner Overdrive Vet Randy Bachman Reinvents His Sound With New Single 'The Edge'

    March 17, 2015 12:27 PM EDT If "The Edge," the opening track of Randy Bachman 's new solo album Heavy Blues , sounds reminiscent of The Who , and particularly "Won't Get Fooled Again," it's kind of by design -- thanks, Bachman says, to hi ...

  11. The Who Announce New App, Preview Foray Into Virtual Reality

    November 10, 2014 8:15 AM EST Rock giants The Who today launch a 3D immersive app, developed in collaboration with their management company Trinifold, U.K. tech company Immersive and Universal Music. The app (which coincides with Universal’s just-released The Who Hits 50! comp ...

  12. How Iggy Pop Inspired Music Supervisor Gary Calamar to Record His Solo EP

    October 06, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Iggy Pop provided words of encouragement to music supervisor Gary Calamar after the two collaborated on "Let's Boot and Rally" for season five of True Blood in 2012. "It might have been an off-the-cuff comment," says Calam ...

  13. The Who Launching World Tour This Year and 'Hoping' for New Album

    April 16, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The legendary band turns 50 this year and will start playing live around Christmas. Pete Townshend talks hitting the road again ("I'm in good shape"), possible new music and getting older The Who will embark on a tour late this yea ...

  14. 'Californication' Soundtrack to Feature Pete Townshend, Sid Vicious

    April 11, 2014 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spirit Music Group and Showtime Networks will release the soundtrack for the seventh and final season of "Californication" during the show's premiere on April 13. Related Articles 'Californication' Set For June Release David ...

  15. Pete Townshend Writes, Performs Song for 'The Americans' (Exclusive Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For the first time, the Who leader has written a song for television. "It Must Be Done" will appear on the April 30 episode of the FX show Pete Townshend has written his first original song for a television show, composing and performing ...

  16. The Who's 'Tommy': Premiere of 'Overture' Live With an Intro From Pete Townshend

    November 08, 2013 10:12 AM EST Roger Daltrey talks about the new deluxe edition of "Tommy," which includes a "bootleg" disc of the album performed live The Who's Roger Daltrey notes that the group's 1969 rock opera "Tommy" seems to rear i ...

  17. Roger Daltrey: The Who 'Might Do Other Things, More Experimental' After Final Tour

    October 29, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 3.466 k 108 1 0 "We have to be realistic about our age," Daltrey says, responding to Pete Townshend's comments last week about a final big tour for the band, "But it's not going to be the last thing The Who will do" The Who m ...

  18. Pub Briefs: Nelly Signs With SONGS Music, Warner/Chappell Inks With THIS Music, The Who Get Into Apparel Biz, More

    April 11, 2013 11:20 AM EDT -- SONGS Music Publishing signed Nelly to a worldwide co-publishing deal, beginning with his most recent album, 5.0, and future releases, including his next album M.O. , which is slated to come out later this year. “Nelly has proven time and ti ...

  19. Backbeat: Pete Townshend Receives Les Paul Award During NAMM

    February 01, 2013 1:59 PM EST Above, L-R: Townshend's longtime friend, producer and humorist Martin Lewis; Pete Townshend; Jeff Salmon of the Les Paul Foundation The Who's Pete Townshend was honored at this year's 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creat ...

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  21. Mickey Baker, Influential Guitarist and Half of Mickey & Sylvia, Dies at 87

    November 29, 2012 3:00 PM EST Mickey "Guitar" Baker, a versatile, influential and often unsung guitarist who helped lay the groundwork for rock 'n' roll and half of the pop duo Mickey & Sylvia, died Tuesday in Toulouse, France. He was 87. A prolific and ...

  22. Chris Stamp, Early Co-Manager of The Who and Track Records Co-Founder, Dead at 70

    November 25, 2012 11:29 AM EST Early Who co-manager Chris Stamp, left, with Who singer Roger Daltrey (Photo: Getty Images) On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launch ...

  23. Chris Stamp, Who Helped Launch The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Dead at 70

    November 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Co-Managed The Who With Kit Lambert; Started Track Records and Signed Hendrix, Releasing 'Are You Experienced' On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two ...

  24. Frank Barsalona, Music Agent Who Revolutionized Concert Business, Dead at 74

    November 25, 2012 8:21 AM EST Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent agency changed the concert business, died early Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, a rep for his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. His passing was first repor ...

  25. The Who Taking 'Amazing Journey' to World Series Soundtrack

    October 25, 2012 10:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 As the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers face off for the World Series title, the Who will be providing the soundtrack. Fox Sports has turned to the rock icons' classic catalog to provide music for the series, with songs including &qu ...

  26. Clear Channel's John Sykes On Green Day at IHeartRadio: 'If a Set Goes Long, We Don't Care'

    September 24, 2012 11:23 AM EDT Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong tosses the neck of his guitar into the crowd following his expletive-filled rant at the end of the band's IHeartRadio set Friday night. (Photo: Getty Images) How did Clear Channel get No Doubt, Rihanna, T ...

  27. iHeartRadio 2012: New Jonas Brothers, 'Staged' Green Day + More Backstage

    September 24, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The final night of the second annual iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas ended on an energetic note, with uptempo sets from the likes of Taylor Swift , P!nk , Enrique Iglesias, Calvin Harris , Brad Paisley, Deadmau5 , Aerosmith and Pitbull -- no ...

  28. Getting In Tune

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT On the eve of its 'Quadrophenia' tour, the Who upgrades its collectibles and other offerings. BandMerch's new global merchandising deal with the Who demonstrates that the modern merch partnership can be multifaceted and extend for a ...

  29. Paul McCartney to Pussy Riot: 'Stay Strong'

    August 16, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paul McCartney is pledging support for Pussy Riot, the Russian all-girl punk trio facing up to seven years in prison for "hooliganism." Pussy Riot Rallies to Greet Friday's Verdict The legendary singer-songwriter joins such artists as ...

  30. Palladia Acquires 'Later With Jools Holland' and 'Live From Daryl's House'

    August 15, 2012 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Palladia's lineup just scored a pair of headliners. The HD music performance channel has acquired BBC series "Later… with Jools Holland" as well as the web-developed show "Live From Daryl's House." "Later" wil ...

  31. JD Samson On NYC's Free Pussy Riot Event, The Riot Grrrl Movement, Band's 'Courage and Strength'

    August 14, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Members of Pussy Riot performing a punk prayer inside a Moscow's Cathedral in protest against Vladimir Putin. This Friday (Aug. 17) a final verdict is expected in the trial of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, t ...

  32. Russian Prosecutors Ask For 3 Year Sentence For Pussy Riot's Anti-Putin Protest

    August 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year sentences for the members of a feminist punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral, ignoring demands by human rights groups that the three women ...

  33. Members of The Who, Franz Ferdinand Seek Pussy Riot Release

    August 02, 2012 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, ...

  34. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  35. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott on Battle With Label: 'We Don't Want to Work for The Man, We Want to Be The Man' (Q&A)

    August 01, 2012 6:45 PM EDT One by one, Def Leppard's arsenal of hit songs will get a modern-day shining. No, we're not talking about a newly mastered version of "Pyromania" or an anniversary edition of their greatest hits package "Vault." Rathe ...

  36. Backbeat: KCRW, Portugal. The Man Team Up For T. Rex Tribute Album, Release Party

    July 25, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Portugal. The Man with manager Rich Holtzman and their youngest fan Frances Gourley, the daughter of lead singer John Gourley. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Los Angeles celebrated the legacy of T. Rex with the release of T. Rex vs. KCRW Soundclash , a fi ...

  37. Elton John, Pete Townshend, Simon Cowell, Others Call on British Prime Minister, Google to Act Against Music Piracy

    July 25, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Elton John, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell were among 11 prominent music figures who signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron asking Google and other search engines, Internet service providers, and online ad ...

  38. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  39. Backbeat: Rolfe Kent Receives Career Achievement Honor at BMI Film and TV Awards

    May 17, 2012 3:12 PM EDT BMI president and CEO Del Bryant, BMI Richard Kirk Award recipient Rolfe Kent, and BMI vice president of film and television relations Doreen Ringer Ross pose during the 2012 BMI Film & Television Awards. (Photo: Randall Michelson/Wire Image) ...

  40. Read: Slash's Heartfelt Tribute to Marshall Amps Founder Jim Marshall

    April 06, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Jim Marshall, who helped shape the sound of rock with his groundbreaking amplifier designs, died Thursday at the age of 88. Jim Marshall is the founder of Marshall Amplification, which produced the amplifiers that rocked music halls and arenas aft ...

  41. Jim Marshall, Founder of Marshall Amps, Dies at 88

    April 05, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jim Marshall, who helped shape the sound of rock with his groundbreaking amplifier designs, has died. He was 88. His son Terry Marshall said he died in a hospice in England on Thursday morning after suffering from cancer and several severe strokes. ...

  42. Jim Marshall, Famed Founder of Marshall Amps, Dead at 88

    April 05, 2012 10:02 AM EDT Jimi Hendrix (left) with Noel Redding performing live onstage filming German TV Show 'Beat Club' in 1967 with Marshall amplifiers. ( Photo by Bob Baker/Redferns) LONDON (AP) -- Ears still ringing from the 1960s? Jim Marshall might be to ...

  43. Bruce Springsteen Playing 'Intimate' SXSW Show

    February 28, 2012 1:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play an intimate concert on March 15 at the South by Southwest Media Conference and Festival, the annual gathering of music, film and tech industry professionals. The festival, dubbed SXSW, announced the ...

  44. Pete Townshend on 'Quadrophenia,' The Who's 'Last Great Album'

    November 11, 2011 10:15 AM EST 0 0 0 With a recent theatrical production, a forthcoming orchestral version and movie sequel, a pair of upgraded reissues and a possible tour in 2012, Pete Townshend says he's understandably "had 'Quadrophenia' on the brain now for qui ...

  45. Business Matters: The Problem With Pete Townshend's 'Digital Vampire' Vision of iTunes

    November 01, 2011 3:58 PM EDT The Problem With Pete Townshend's Vision of iTunes -- Pete Townshend recent remarks about Apple have gotten a great deal of attention; negative comments about such a beloved company tend to make headlines. But they should have made headlines ...

  46. Pete Townshend Calls iTunes 'a Digital Vampire'

    November 01, 2011 8:45 AM EDT In remarks that seemed oddly timed for Halloween, the Who's Pete Townshend said iTunes "bleeds [artists' works] like a digital vampire" at the inaugural BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture. The rocker argued that Apple, whose iTunes ...

  47. Pete Townshend: iTunes Is 'Like a Digital Vampire'

    October 31, 2011 9:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 In remarks that came just in time for Halloween, the Who's Pete Townshend said iTunes "bleeds [artists' works] like a digital vampire" at the inaugural BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture. The rocker argued that Apple, whose iTunes sto ...

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