Showing posts with label THE WHO. Show all posts
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Saturday, August 12, 2017


Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey of THE WHO launched his Champagne Cuvée at MR CHOW at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend.

Thursday, June 25, 2015



Story By:: G. H. HARDING
Hugh Dancy

HANNIBAL SILENCED? --- Word came down Monday night that NBC has canceled Hannibal, Bryan Fuller’s juicer-than-you-can-believe take on the whole Hannibal Lecter/Thomas Harris mystique. NBC said that the ratings weren’t rising enough, which I can understand. What I can’t understand, though, is would NBC would cancel such a brilliant show. Everything about this series was top-notch, from the brilliant acting of Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy; the inspired camera and cinematographer work; and especially the writing.

From the moment this news of cancellation was announced, there has been immediate interest from other broadcast platforms (including the increasingly ubiquitous Amazon, which has the rights to the first two series.

Believe me, I wondered what kind of storyline would actually make its way to NBC network TV based around a series like this. Since its debut, though, it has proven itself a first-rate production at every turn.

Series creator Fuller is one strange cat. His earlier series, Pushing Daisies, and even a whacked-out take on the ‘60s hit sitcom The Munsters were amazing efforts. At first, he claimed that NBC’s Hannibal had run its course. Soon afterward, however, he was soliciting interest from other possible suitors, all the while claiming that his take on a possible Season Four for the show would be his best yet. Then, last night, NBC revealed that it would take the show to this year’s Comic-Con next month . . . for one final meal, so to speak. Now something like this rarely happens. Why would a network want to promote, for one last time, a show it has just axed? I predict that NBC will reverse its decision . . . at Comic Con. Stay tuned, as this tale seems to be far from over.

NEVERMIND --- In our gushing over the new season of HBO‘s True Detective on Monday, we neglected to mention the disturbing yet brilliant title song chosen for the show this year by T Bone Burnett: Leonard Cohen’s 2014 track “Nevermind.” This is a show that places great emphasis on its opening titles; maybe as important as those early James Bond title sequences, created by Maurice Binder. The mood of that show is immediately introspective, atmospheric, and perfectly suited to the material of the show. And this is not the first time that the music of Leonard Cohen has been used to set a mood for something that you watch: for example, the late great maverick film director Robert Altman used Cohen’s music all throughout his brilliant 1971 picture McCabe & Mrs. Miller . . . and Cohen’s music again was used to startling effect by the always-stirring director Oliver Stone in the opening sequence of 1994’s mega-violent satire of media—Natural Born Killers.

I’m not sure what led Burnett to choose this as the new opening music for the new season, but this one’s a charmer - take a listen

Dick Van Patten

DICK VAN PATTEN --- We were very sad to learn yesterday that veteran actor Dick Van Patten—a professional actor since the age of seven, but known best for his role as the loving TV dad Tom Bradford on ABC’s Eight Is Enough—has passed away at age 86 from complications due to diabetes. Perhaps the best that can be said about this great and beloved actor was shared by Anthony Pomes, VP of marketing at Square One Publishers, who worked as an editor with Mr. Van Patten on a TV trivia book back in 2007 but who then stayed in touch and became friends with the man. His comments, shared with Nancy Berk at Parade, can be seen in the article link below. Being that I also came to know Mr. Van Patten starting back in the ‘80s, I can say that showbiz lost one of its sweetest stars – we do well to remember him as one of the greats.

Roger Daltrey

THE WHO AT SHEA --- Next week, Eagle Rock Entertainment will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Who with the first-ever release of Live at Shea Stadium 1982. This is the first official release of the entire show, and features restored footage and newly-mixed sound.

The Who that performed that show in 1982(Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and—in place of original drummer Keith Moon, who died in 1978—Kenney Jones, who was previously the drummer for the Small Faces) delivered both classic tracks and songs that were rarely performed live: “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “My Generation,” “Substitute,” “Who Are You,” “I Can’t Explain,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Baba O’Riley,” and many more. The tour promoted the 1982 album It’s Hard, and so the set list was comprised of several tracks from that album, some of which the band would only play live on that tour. (It has become almost fashionable to consign It’s Hard into the dust heap of bad rock record history, but there are in fact several strong songs with lyrics that reveal much of Townshend’s struggle with the reality of getting older but also smarter – to get a taste of what can be found on that album, click the link below to hear the album’s final track, “Cry If You Want” (one of the hardest rockers on the album, with a rageful yet tasty guitar solo from Pete in the outro of the song’s slow fade):

The Who’s 1982 North American tour was the last to feature Kenney Jones on drums, and the band did not tour again until 1989. This concert film features the show from the second of their two nights at New York’s Shea Stadium, and was filmed on October 13th 1982.

2015 is a year of even higher profile than usual for this legendary band, with their 50th Anniversary European/North American tour taking place this summer. Live at Shea Stadium 1982 shows exactly what this legendary British rock band’s reputation has been built on all this time.

My first rock ‘n roll show was The Who in 1967 at Long Island‘s Lido Beach Club. At that show, drummer Keith Moon bashed his multi-drum Premier set with Day-Glo drumsticks and a young Daltrey and Townshend, anchored by Entwistle (a.k.a, “The Ox” as a nickname) literally overpowered the crowd . . . myself included. I had never seen anything like it.

Click here to view a performance of“Love Reign O’er Me” from the 1982 Shea show: 

Scott Shannon With Micky Dolenz And Patty Steele

CLOSING NOTES – Micky Dolenz with scribe Roger Friedman at Del Frisco’s last night; earlier in the day, he visited with CBS- FM‘s Scott Shannon and Patty Steele . . .

Have you heard the new Rod Stewart single “Love Is?” It’s brilliant. A total throwback to Rod‘s earlier music . . . a welcome change, after all the many orchestra-laden records of Tin Pan Alley standards that he has been releasing over the last nine years or so. The new single sounds like “Maggie May.” The new album from Stewart comes out next month on Capitol Records . . . looking forward to receiving a press copy of the album so I can share my thoughts on it with you.

The James Horner story is so sad on so many levels. What a talented individual; face it, his music for Titanic was spot-on brilliant. What a terrible loss . . .

Monday, February 17, 2014



Story By: G. H. Harding
The Who Sensation

WHO’S NEXT --- Eagle Rock Entertainment is about to explore one of rock music’s shining masterpieces: The Who Sensation – The Story Of Tommy will be released on DVD and Blu-ray next week.

Fully supported and endorsed by The Who, Sensation – The Story Of Tommy explores the background, creation, and impact of this seminal album. Through brand new interviews, the film unveils the history and cultural impact of Tommy through new interviews with surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, archive interviews with the late John Entwistle, contributions from engineer Bob Pridden, artwork creator Mike McInnerney, plus others involved in the making of the album, as well as journalists who assess the album’s historic and cultural impact.

Originally aired on BBC TV in August 2013, this version includes additional material not featured in the TV broadcast, as well as a bonus 33-minute feature from the 1969 German TV show entitled Beat Club. This feature, which includes previously unreleased footage, includes tracks from the album and interviews with band members.

Released in 1969, Tommy was a milestone in rock history, and marked a new chapter in the band’s career. Selling over 20 million copies worldwide, the double-album established Pete Townshend’s prowess as not only a musician, but a composer, and further solidified Roger Daltrey as one of rock’s foremost frontmen. A concept album exploring the story of a blind pinball ace, Tommy proved that rock music was a viable vehicle for storytelling, and was the first album to be overtly billed as a rock opera. It was later re-imagined as a film by Ken Russell in the mid-seventies, and a touring stage production in the early nineties.

Tommy was the fourth album by English rock band The Who, released by Track Records and Polydor Records in the UK and Decca Records/MCA in the US.

A double album telling a loose story about a "deaf, dumb and blind kid," Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by Townshend. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value". It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

THAU GONE --- Music pioneer Marty Thau passed away last week.Thau was an American rock n' roll entrepreneur and music producer. He is best known as the founder of Red Star Records in 1977, arguably America's first full - fledged post '60s indie punk/new wave label and for being the manager of the New York Dolls and co-producer of Suicide's classic self-titled debut album.

Thau was raised in New York City and attended New York University, 1956-1960. After spending the latter half of the '60s as an award winning record industry executive at Cameo-Parkway and Buddah Records, he joined an independent production/publishing/management company, Inherit Productions. In Thau's 12 months at Inherit the company released two classic albums by Van Morrison: Astral Weeks and Moondance; and, Vintage Violence by ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale.

He left Inherit in 1972 to become head of A&R for Paramount Records but resigned six months later to manage the renewal of rock n' roll in the form of the legendary New York Dolls. The Dolls urban street attitude, gender parodying irreverence, and songs drawn from such disparate influences as early '60s girl groups, southern soul, and '50s rock n' roll inspired him to champion their cause.

After the Dolls disbanded in 1975, Thau entered New York's underground demimonde and was integral to the scene's development as a spawning ground of punk-new wave stars. He is acknowledged as such in the Encyclopedia of Record Producers, a Billboard Magazine reference book that lists the 500 most important record producers in music history and behind the scenes heroes of popular music.

In addition to the Dolls, he worked with prominent punk and new wave artists such as The Ramones, Blondie, Brian Setzer, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Real Kids, The Fleshtones, Martin Rev and Walter Steding for his Red Star label.

They don't make 'em like Thau any more sadly. He will be remembered as in integral part of New York’s music scene. RIP!

CLOSING NOTES --- There’s a big buzz that Rhino Records; the label for The Monkees, will be making a huge announcement at The Monkees convention next month, concerning the band. We'll be there and report back …

Furor abounds over the casting of young Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor (Superman’s nemesis) in the forthcoming Ben Affleck-led Superman/Batman film. Apparently, also courted for the role were Joaquin Phoenix and Girls’ Adam Driver.

Part of the furor was that he didn't physically resemble the bald-Luthor of the comics … and, certainly nothing like the previous actors who portrayed him (Kevin Spacey and Gene Hackman). There were also several rumors that Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston was approached … but, he never as.

Finally, as to whether the Social Network’s Eisenberg can handle the task: it turns out that Luthor’s first appearance in the comics was with a shock of red hair! …

Looking very much forward to the production of If/Then starring Broadway’s exceptional Idina Menzel. Previews start next week. If/Then is a musical with a libretto by Brian Yorkey ; a theatrical score by Tom Kitt; and, directed by Michael Grief. It tells the story of a 40-year old woman named Elizabeth who moves back to New York City for a fresh start. Menzel’s one of the great White Way’s biggest stars ever …. We can't wait.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Bruno Mars

BRONCO TROUBLE --- The estimable columnist Lloyd Grove tweeted last night: This was the worst thing that’s happened to the Broncos since O.J. Now, I’m not a football acolyte, but I watched the game last night and when things went bad minutes 12 seconds into the game for Denver – the writing was on the wall. I hate to see anyone lose … so badly, but the Broncos were indeed shellacked. The halftime show was unquestionably the highlight of the whole shebang as Bruno Mars tore into a 4 song set with palpable vim and vigor. Mars may have been unfairly targeted as entertainment lite, but, last night he was thoroughly enjoying himself on stage with his terrific band. He opened with “Locked Out Of Heaven,” then “Treasure,” “Give It Away Now” with the Red Hot Chili Peppers; then closed with a strong, solo “Just The Way You Are” behind a wild show of fireworks. 

The Peppers, a tremendous band for years, were announced when the wires burned up with questions as to whether Mars was up to the task. Face it: the Peppers are rock icons and even though they performed just one number("Give It Away Now"), they got the crowd on their feet in no time flat . The duet with Mars at first may have seemed like an odd pairing, but within minutes, all were in sync. Anthony Kiedis and Flea (from the Peppers) are one of the best one-two punch acts in music!); and, I enjoyed seeing their new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer ... really exceptional! It was a shame they only go to do one number in … but, it was before a huge audience. Pundits are calling this show one of the best shows ever – and, I concur. 

The commercials as always were an added treat: and, perhaps the most mesmerizing was one from Chrysler, with Bob Dylan of all people, appearing in and narrating it. It was much like the Chrysler-ad several years back with Eminem, trumpeting American-know how. The message here was the same, but with an artist of Dylan’s caliber, particularly moving. The tag line was we build your car. As someone tweeted last night; he’s gone from American-icon to car salesman. Funny! 

Also standout was the one from Radio Shack; with a worker getting a call from the 80's ... well-done with cameos from Twisted Sister's Dee Snider; Alf; Hulk Hogan; and, perhaps in the Olympic spirit, Mary Lou Retton. It was kind of a joke on them ... as Radio Shack is always a horror to go into. Go figure! 

The rest were sort of warm-and-fuzzy, and often odd: the one with a dancing Ellen DeGeneres (for Beats Music) was a tad strange; the one from Budweiser with the puppies and horses -you've heard all about it- was pretty cute as well; not much substance, but cute. The Full House reunion from Dannon Oikos was rather annoying.. and, boy, has everyone gotten older! The Muppets were represented as well in a commercial with Terry Crews … again, most odd. Nice, but a far cry from edgier ones over the years. Getting up his morning, I mostly forgotten all about them. The much-anticipated Seinfeld reunion, though really only with Jerry and Jason Alexander, was funny ... but, what was the point? At the end it tagged Seinfeld's cable-series (Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee), but that was it. Odd if you ask me.

WHO ARE YOU --- Roger Daltrey has told the U.K.’s NME that he and Pete Townshend will be entering the studio to record a new Who album. Amazingly, the band has only released eleven studio albums over their 49 year career with a new one being their first since 2006's Endless Wire which, itself, was their first in 24 years. 

Daltry told the paper "Pete's got hundreds of songs so the only question is whether we get around to it, but he wants to make an album and I'm always ready and raring to go. I never know what I'm doing next, it's about what comes through my letterbox tomorrow, but I don't see why we wouldn't. My voice is still in good shape. The hearing isn't so great, but the voice is fine." 

RIP PHILIP --- Why does it sometimes takes a tragedy to make us appreciated and remember someone as we should? The devastating news about actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was yet another instance. What an amazing actor? If you've never seen him in his Oscar-winning performance in Capote … watch it immediately. It was and is, one of the best performances I've ever seen. From his appearance on the big screen as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, to roles in such instant classics as The Master; Mission Impossible 2; Before The Devil Knows You're Dead; The Talented Mr. Ripley; and, The Savages, he was just phenomenal. He was also a superb actor on stage, especially in his Mike Nichol’s production of Death of a Salesman. I saw it and it was sensational. With three kids, beloved in his New York City, it is a loss of staggering proportions. So sad. 

CLOSING NOTES --- Most inventive PR-move was from Atlantic Record’s exemplary Chelsey Northern. Emailing a release about Mars during his performance last night. Good timing; well done, Ms. Northern … 

Mars begins his Moonshine Jungle world tour (with his band The Hooligans) in April. After last-night’s stellar performance looks for SRO audiences everywhere … 

Speaking of commercials, the new one for RED featuring U2 (and their song “Invisible”) is rather brilliant. We love it. As reported by Billboard, the song will set up the group’s forthcoming album, its follow-up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon and the group’s first under new manager Guy Oseary …

Micky Dolenz pr-mouthpiece David Salidor will be on hand for next month’s Monkees Convention 2014 and will file reports for us from the scene. With Michael Nesmith on board as well, it should be a treasure trove for Monkees-fan. Stay tuned …

Thursday, June 07, 2012


 Alice Cooper

RICHMOND SHEPARD THEATRE is pleased to announce the New York premiere production of CAPTAIN CRASH vs THE ZZORGWOMEN- CHAPTERS 5 & 6, directed by Richmond Shepard. CAPTAIN CRASH, was originally recorded in England by Alice Cooper and The Who in the late '70's, and was directed by Shepard, starring Weston Gavin, in Los Angeles in 1982 where it ran for five months and the cast album sold over 50,000 copies. The show will be playing at the Richmond Shepard Theatre (309 East 26th St, Street, at 2nd Avenue). Performances begin Wednesday, June 20. Opening Night is Thursday, June 28 (8 p.m.).

Like the Saturday afternoon movie serials of the 30’s and 40’s, the show starts with the end of Chapter 4: Captain Crash, his beautiful secretary Dulla, his sidekick Swede and The Professor are trapped and about to be killed by the Snakepeople. Somehow, they miraculously escape.

Their ship is hit by a meteor shower, and they crash-land on the planet Zzorg, where the population is all women. They are caught in the nefarious schemes and traps of these voracious women. Will they escape? Will they succumb to the malevolent schemes of The Zzorgs and their beautiful King? Will Captain Crash continue fighting evil throughout the galaxy?

Come and see the show, with its singing, dancing, gymnastic Zzorgwomen, and the staunchest, most Patriotic, American Hero in The Galaxy.

The New York Premiere, stars Brandon Schraml as Crash and Laurella Clear as his faithful girlfriend, Dulla, with Alex Kafarakis, Ashton Crosby, Maggie Ronck, Sarah McShane, Kyle Payne, Jessica Payne, kaylin Clinton, JoJo Ginn, Sara Jecko and Katy Irwin.

The production features costume design by Justine Rivera, lighting design by Brett Maughan, and sound design by Samm Vella.

CAPTAIN CRASH plays the following regular schedule:

Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and are now available at 212-684-2690 or ½ hour prior to performance at the theater.

Running Time: 2 hours

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Pete Townshend was forced to shower in front of two male scoutmasters when he was just ten.The Who guitarist recalls his time in the Sea Scouts in his new memoir ' Who He ? ' - the same book he was researching when he was arrested in 2003 on suspicion of downloading child pornography.Townshend says he was made to wash in front of the scoutmasters, one of whom told him, "This is our initiation ceremony."The rock star said: "Neither of them touched me, or appeared to want to. But I felt an obvious exposure to homosexual interest."The 61-year-old was cleared of the child pornography charges four months after his arrest.

Friday, March 16, 2007


Roger Daltrey

The Who will make it right with their fans in Tampa, Fla., after the band abruptly canceled a concert there because of illness. The British rock band halted its concert Tuesday night before lead singer Roger Daltrey sang a word of the first song, "I Can't Explain." Apparently he couldn't -- sing, that is -- because he was sick, the Tampa Bay Tribune said. "Roger has bronchitis," guitarist Peter Townshend told the crowd of about 9,000 at the Ford Amphitheater. "I've been with Roger and he can barely speak. We're going to have to cancel." Their fans were forgiving and even applauded the March 25 makeup date. "I'd rather see 100 percent of The Who than 50 percent," Alex Hutchins told the newspaper. Leslie Stallings was in the same mood, telling the Tribune, "We're disappointed, but we understand." Tickets for the canceled show will be honored for the March 25 date or refunds can be obtained at the place of purchase, a representative of the Ford Amphitheater said.

Saturday, February 10, 2007


The Who are to headline this year's Glastonbury Festival.The legendary rockers will close the world famous music event, which takes place over the weekend of June 22-24. Amazingly, it is the first time the band - who formed around 40 years ago -will have appeared at the festival. Guitarist Pete Townshend admits it was great telling his 17-year-old son Joseph he and bandmate Roger Daltrey had been asked to perform. Pete said: "It's the coolest thing in the fucking world! I'm 61 and I can tell my son I'm headlining Glastonbury. I can say to him, 'Come down, bring your friends.' "Other acts confirmed to play Glastonbury this year include the Arctic Monkeys and eccentric Icelandic singer Bjork. Sheffield rockers the Arctic Monkeys are believed to be headlining either the Friday or the Saturday night.The Who's Glastonbury performance will be part of a new European tour, which they announced yesterday.

The Legends 'The Who'

Saturday, January 27, 2007


The Who guitarist Pete Townshend claims his pet dogs talk to him.The 61-year-old rocker is very close to his pooches and insists they communicate with him directly. He even claims one of the mutts predicted the freezing weather that hit southern England this week. Townshend, who lives in Richmond, is quoted by Britain's Daily Express newspaper as saying: "I believe my dogs talk to me. One of the dogs told me it was going to snow this week."Earlier this week, Townshend apologised to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones for saying they are too old to tour.The musician previously claimed musicians from the 60s should call it a day and stop playing live. But Townshend - who famously penned the line "I hope I die before I get old"in the band's classic hit 'My Generation' - has now taken back his scathing comments, saying: "When I do interviews I must imagine being drunk and decide to shout my mouth off for old time's sake. But why do I pick on folks I love?"

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Mike Myers (left) is to play the late Who drummer Keith Moon in a film of his life.The 'Austin Powers' actor has been picked to play the wild rocker by his former bandmate Roger Daltrey, who has been working on the project with producer Nigel Sinclair for around ten years. Daltrey and Sinclair are now looking for a suitable director to helm the movie, titled 'See Me, Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked For Your Pleasure'. Sinclair - who has previously worked on such films as 'No Direction Home: Bob Dylan', 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' and 'Sliding Doors' -insists Daltrey always wanted Myers for the lead role. He said: "Roger's dream was to have Mike as the creative force to pull this film together."Moon, whose drink and drug binges have become interwoven into rock 'n' roll folklore, died in his sleep in 1978 after overdosing on Chlormethiazole, a prescribed drug he was taking as part of a program to stop him drinking. He was aged 32.The film is due to be released in 2009.