MSO PRThe Who's Quadrophenia and More Tour of North America kicked off on November 1, just after Hurricane Sandy battered the northeastern U.S., causing death and destruction in its wake. Now, guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend has announced that the band is hoping to help raise money for the victims of the superstorm.
In a new blog posted on Who.com, the rock legend writes, "[O]ur immediate duty to our millions of fans in the Northeast is to promise that we will hopefully do more than just offer our prayers. While we're here we'll try to do something practical, as I am certain will all of our rock and pop buddies."
Townshend also offers his two cents about the recent U.S. presidential election, admitting, "I would have been happy for either candidate to win. There are pros and cons."
He adds that, moving forward, his wish is to see President Obama "work more closely with the U.K. than he appears to have done before." Townshend points out that although the two countries' former leaders George W. Bush and Tony Blair were unpopular with "the deep thinkers," they were friends, which the rocker considers an example of what's "most important about the relationship between the U.K. and the USA."
As for how the tour is going, Townshend says he's "doing great," while pointing that "the stage level is very quiet," which he says will help him preserve what he has left his damaged hearing.
Pete also compliments frontman Roger Daltrey, who, he says, "is singing incredibly well." In addition, he praises the work Daltrey and his creative team have done putting together the show's visuals and sets.
"His vision is an interpretation of Quadrophenia rather than a straight narrative," explains Townshend, "and that seems to suit the period we are in as the two surviving members of the old Who, and our age."
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