Pete Townsend 5/19/22

Out now is Pete Townshend‘s new two-hour Audible Original mini-biography, titled Somebody Saved Me. The Townshend confessional is named after his 1982 solo favorite featured on All The Beat Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes.

Townshend explained how the project took shape, telling The Los Angeles Times, “When the idea was presented to me, it was to cover the period when I was under the most difficulty as an artist, which was after Keith Moon‘s death and after (11 Who fans died at  a 1979 concert in) Cincinnati. . . That period was jam-packed with stuff, some of it incredibly intense, including the beginning of the breakdown of my marriage to Karen, my first wife, whom I met when we were kids.”

Townshend ultimately agreed to take part in the series and donate the money to the Who’s patron charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust: “Audible was offering big money — half a million dollars. That made me think twice about it, but I just didn’t want to do it, so I turned it down. . . I thought, f*** it, I could get Audible to give the money directly to Teen Cancer America, which during the lockdown had suffered hugely through lack of funds.”

In Somebody Saved Me, Townshend pinpointed the moment where the pressuere of his career led to the collapse of his marriage and the Who. It was during this period that Townshend inked his first solo recording deal with Atco Records — a subsidiary of Atlantic: [“Closely after that, (the Who’s manager) Bill Curbishly walks in and announced that Mo Ostin at Warner Bros. has offered the Who $30 million (to sign with the label). I just thought, ‘Wow! All I have to do is (laughs) write some songs’ — which I love to do. But, of course there was no way that I could write the songs, demo the songs, record the songs with the artist or with the producers and then go out on the road and plug the songs, talk about the songs, maintain a marriage — it was an impossible task. But, I was blinded by the money, I think.”] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . . money I think)

  • The Who tour dates (subject to change):
    May 10 – Oklahoma City, TX – Paycom Center (with Los Lonely Boys)
    May 13 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum (special guest TBA)
    May 15 – Cincinnati, OH – TQL Stadium (special guest TBA)
    May 18 – Boston, MA – TD Garden (with Amythyst Kiah)  
    May 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center (with Amythyst Kiah)  
    May 23 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena (with Amythyst Kiah)  
    May 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (with The Wild Things)  
    May 28 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center of the Arts (with Willie Nile)
    October 2 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena (with Steven Page)
    October 4 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena (with Steven Page)
    October 7 – Elmont, NY – UBS Arena (with Steven Page)
    October 9 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center (with Steven Page)
    October 12 – Chicago, IL – United Center (with Steven Page)
    October 14 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center (with Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs)
    October 17 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena (with Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs)
    October 20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center (with Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs)
    October 22 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena (with Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs)
    October 26 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center (with Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs)
    October 28 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center (with Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs)
    November 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (with Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs)
    November 4, 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Dolby Live (with The Wild Things)  

TL; DR

  • Out now is Pete Townshend‘s new two-hour Audible Original mini-biography, titled Somebody Saved Me.

FAST FACTS

  • Pete Townshend‘s Empty Glass was released on April 21st, 1980. The album peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200 albums chart and spent nine weeks in the Top 10.
  • Empty Glass scored Townshend his biggest solo hit with “Let My Love Open The Door,” which peaked at Number Nine, and tied the Who‘s only Top 10 hit — 1967’s “I Can See For Miles.”
  • The Who’s Face Dances was released on March 16th, 1981 and marked the band’s first album after Keith Moon‘s death and featuring his replacement, former Faces drummer Kenney Jones.
  • The album peaked at Number Four on the Billboard 200 — spending eight weeks in the Top 10. Face Dances lead single, “You Better You Bet,” hit Number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the magazine’s Mainstream Rock chart.
  • “You Better You Bet” was the fourth video played on MTV the day the network was launched on August 1st, 1981.