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Pete Townshend Plays Rare Intimate Acoustic Gig To Celebrate Quadrophenia Re-release

Friday, 11 November 2011 Written by Elliott Batte
Pete Townshend Plays Rare Intimate Acoustic Gig To Celebrate Quadrophenia Re-release

Returning to his roots where The Who started out back in 1964, Pete Townshend and a very lucky bunch of select guests enjoyed a Pie and Mash meal in their old stomping ground of Shepherds Bush prior to playing an exclusive set of classic tracks from ‘Quadrophenia’ and beyond at Bush Hall last night.

Accompanied by 200 guests that included band mate Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend delivered a rare twenty-minute acoustic set that followed an hour-long question and answer session reminiscing the making of the seminal Quadrophenia album originally released back in 1973. The Q&A, hosted by Mojo Magazine editor Phil Alexander, saw Townshend discuss the origins and inspirations of the initial making of the album and how the theme of Quadrophenia is still relevant to youth culture in 2011.

Speaking at the event, Pete Townshend said: “I wanted to portray what everyone had been through growing up. I'm amazed at what I managed to achieve on an 8-track studio and what the band did when we came to record it. Quadrophenia is an epochal album because it’s the last great album and the most fully formed album by The Who. And because I produced the album, as a composer I had absolute control, and for the one time I had absolute control, it proved that when I do, I get it right!

The set list included the tracks “Drowned”, “Acid Queen”, “Corrina Corrina” and “I’m One”. After the playback, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were then awarded the honour of picking up the Classic Album Award at the Classic Rock Awards 2011 hosted at the legendary Roundhouse venue in Camden Town.

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