The Who 10/26/22

Noted Who biographer Matt Kent is now working on a project chronicling the band’s solo works. No release date has been given for the new book, which will be titled Four Faces — after the 1979 Quadrophenia movie soundtrack tune.

As he posted on his official website (mattkent.photography), “My intention is to explore the solo work of each member of the band as never before,  in as much detail as the Who’s body of work was covered in Anyway Anyhow Anywhere – The Complete Chronicle Of The Who 1958 – 1978, which I co-wrote with Andy Neill. I am currently working on a timeline of the various events in their careers and, luckily, I already have a lot of information in my possession but there is always so much more to discover.”

Kent, who has just contributed a 15,000 word essay on Pete Townshend‘s Lifehouse project for the upcoming Who’s Next box set, is calling on fans to contribute any first hand memories or memorabilia they’re willing to share.

After 1981’s Face Dances was released, fans and critics alike blamed Pete Townshend for stockpiling his best songs for his 1980 solo album Empty Glass — rather than giving the band first dibs on his latest work. Townshend explained that in the case of “Rough Boys,” it was Roger Daltrey who actually passed on what would’ve definitely made an instant Who classic: [“He’s not comfortable with what the subject is about. Y’know, the subject is homoerotic. The subject is about the fact that, y’know, that it’s very difficult to tell just because a guy looks really, really tough on the outside and he’s dressed in leather — is he a man, is he really a tough guy — or is he something else?”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . he something else)

Townshend revealed to us that Daltrey almost took part as a guest vocalist on his 1993 Psychoderelict tour: [“When Psychoderelict came out Roger called me and said, ‘Y’know, this would’ve made a great Who record.’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah, you’re always going to say that. It’s my record and you know if we’d have been doing it with the Who you probably wouldn’t have liked it.’ And he said, ‘No, this is a part that I could play. If you’re ever going to do it as a theater piece, think of me.’ So when I took it out on the road, I did call him, but he’d just taken another job. But we would’ve gone out together with Psychoderelict.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . together with Psychoderelict)

During his 1994 Daltrey Sings Townshend tour with John Entwistle, Daltrey thrilled die-hard fans with his performance of Townshend’s “The Sea Refuses No River” from 1982’s All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes album. We asked him if while listening to Townshend’s early-’80s solo albums, he heard other songs that he felt he easily could’ve done justice to: [“Yeah. ‘Slit Skits,’ ‘Stardom In Acton,’ I mean, so many. But I understood why it was happening. I totally understood it. I know exactly what went on there, y’know?”] SOUNDCUE (:08 OC: . . . on there y’know)

  • The Who tour dates (subject to change):
    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)
    October 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion (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

  • Noted Who biographer Matt Kent is now working on a project chronicling the band’s solo works.

FAST FACTS

  • Bassist John Entwistle was the first member of the Who to release a solo album.
  • The self-produced Smash Your Head Against The Wall was released in May 1971 and features a guest appearance by Keith Moon.
  • Although Entwistle handled most of the instrumental chores, longtime Who insider Cy Langston supplied guitars with Humble Pie‘s Jerry Shirley drumming on all tracks.
  • The album, which failed to chart in Britain, stalled at Number 126 in America.