July 26th, 2011

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has posted on his blog that rumors of his hearing loss have been greatly exaggerated and that the Who plan to perform their epic 1973 concept album Quadrophenia on tour next year.

As only registered members of the Who’s Fan Club have access to the blog, we’re posting the contents here.

My hearing is actually better than ever because after a feedback scare at the O2 Indigo in December 2008 I am taking good care of it. I have computer systems in my studio that have helped me do my engineering work on the forthcoming Quadrophenia release. I have had assistance from younger forensic engineers and mastering engineers to help me clean up the high frequencies that are out of my range. The same computer systems work wonderfully well on stage, proving to be perfect for me when The Who performed at the Super Bowl and doing Quadrophenia for TCT at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010. I’m 66, I don’t have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus. DON’T WE ALL????

The reason I am not on the road with Roger is that this is entirely Roger’s adventure, one that is bringing him great joy. I don’t belong on this Tommy tour. I wish him well, sincerely, and I look forward to playing with Roger again doing Quadrophenia next year.—Pete Townshend

  • Quad is my favorite, and quoted perfect rock recorded LP of all time. However, yes there is a however, NO Ox brings great sadness to me. I was overjoyed to see the mid 90’s Quad tour in Chicago, and even paid bootlegger scum for a DVD copy of the show, because I loved the tour and the LP/concept that much. Plus, hearing the Ox and the second best Who drummer perform Quad live was a treat to the ears. Pete and Roger were unreal and I’m The One made you wet your pants.
    I just don’t know if I could see this show without The Ox. Does that make me a Who snob, a prude, or living in the past. I don’t know.
    I do look forward to the re-release of the LP, because my Decca version is worn to bits, and my Gold DVD release is now in the do not touch area of my Who collection.
    Either way, I wish you luck on the tour and if you get near Rockford, IL I may take out a small loan for a good seat.

    • Ron,

      If by chance you happen to see this comment, look me up on Facebook and please contact me! I attended the same Quadrophenia concert in Chicago as you did — it was an amazing show. I was on the main floor, 18 rows directly back from The Ox, and when he went into his bass solo during 5:15, it was one of the most transcendent concert moments I have ever experienced! I’d love to get a copy of that bootleg DVD you have! 🙂


  • Tommy Blocho

    Amazing News! I picked up my 1st CD copy of Quadrophenia last week after burning up 2 vinyls. It is still as refreshing as it’s release date. The genius of Townshend never ceases to amaze. I was curious as to why this masterpiece has languished without the spectacular upgrades given to to Leeds & Next. I’m biting my tongue in anticipation!