Pete Townshend has just announced a fifth Classic Quadrophenia show, in Chicago with a very special guest, Windy City native Eddie Vedder. The Pearl Jam singer, who's a longtime friend of Townshend's, has named Quadrophenia as his favorite Who album.
Vedder will join Billy Idol and tenor Alfie Boe at the show on September 13th at the Rosemont Theater. Accompaniment will come from the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra and Chicago Children’s Choir.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The four other Classic Quadrophenia shows are in New York (two nights); Lenox, Massachusetts; and Los Angeles.
Peter Frampton has offered an explanation for his tirade against a cameraman Sunday night in Minnesota. It's lengthy, but he details why he lost his cool. Here are some highlights of his Facebook post, with the full text below.
"My band and I follow a carefully written script every show with moments to go off musically and take it to a new, different place... When something happens to change the script, like a distraction out of my control, then it messes with the build of the show.""At this very climactic moment, the director of the in-house video displayed the audience on the screens, which distracted from the connection that we had worked to achieve.""I feel very bad for [the fan displayed on the video screen] and totally understand the perception from out front at this point in the show.""After the first interruption, I asked the director through my backstage team to please keep the cameras on the band during this important part of the song, but the monitors changed again. After the show, the director admitted this was a 'very bad call.'""I overreacted and tried to take the camera from the cameraman and left the stage to talk to the director.""I could not take the chance of the screens affecting the show again so I had them turned off. This was not the right thing to do and I apologize to everyone there."
Here's the full post:
"I have been crafting my live show for decades. I am always working towards it being the best possible performance we can give to entertain you, the audience. Because I love what I do I care an incredible amount about the quality of the music I give to my fans every night.
"My band and I follow a carefully written script every show with moments to go off musically and take it to a new, different place. I don’t ever play the same thing twice because I’m creating something new and fresh every time.
"When something happens to change the script, like a distraction out of my control, then it messes with the build of the show. This happened in Welch, Minnesota the other night. 'I’ll Give You Money' is a song that we break down to almost nothing volume wise and it grabs the audience’s attention and pulls them in to hear what we are doing -- it's one of the most intimate parts of the set for my band and the audience together. At this very climactic moment, the director of the in-house video displayed the audience on the screens, which distracted from the connection that we had worked to achieve. The moment was lost.
"From the stage, we aren’t able to see what’s being displayed on the screen so we had no idea they were showing a long-time fan holding up my album cover. I feel very bad for her and totally understand the perception from out front at this point in the show. The screens are there for you to see our playing and what we’re doing close-up on stage from wherever you are in the crowd. I love that this is possible at today's shows.
"After the first interruption, I asked the director through my backstage team to please keep the cameras on the band during this important part of the song, but the monitors changed again. After the show, the director admitted this was a 'very bad call.'
"I was frustrated because I felt we had completely lost control of this special moment in the show. I overreacted and tried to take the camera from the cameraman and left the stage to talk to the director. I reacted passionately because I care very much about giving you the best show we can possibly give every night.
"I could not take the chance of the screens affecting the show again so I had them turned off. This was not the right thing to do and I apologize to everyone there. The most disappointing thing to me and the band is that it was such a great evening with such an incredible audience -- we were all having a great time.
"Once again, I sincerely apologize for my overreaction and look forward to seeing you all out on the road some time again soon."
Add James Hetfield's voice to the chorus of musicians who are angry about Kylie and Kendall Jenner designing T-shirts that rip off the images of established artists.
Speaking to ET Canada, Hetfield addressed the now-pulled Metallica lookalike merch by saying, "We've spent 36 years working, doing our best, to keep a really close connection with people [and] make every note count. And someone just throws something up over something that we feel -- not that it's sacred or anything, but show some respect. I guess what they were thinking is, 'We can do whatever we want.’ To me it's disrespectful.”
Kylie and Kendall ditched the shirts after the estates of Jim Morrison and rapper The Notorious B.I.G.threatened legal action.
The split between Geoff Tate and Queensryche ranks right up there with rock's most bitter -- but things might finally be mellowing.
The two camps have been maintaining separate paths since parting ways five years ago, but they ended up sharing space this summer at Spain's Rock Fest Barcelona. Tate tells the Chicago Tribune, "We actually had kind words to say to each other, hugs and handshakes. I don't know if that's the beginning of the healing process. It's too early to tell. I can just say it was nice seeing everybody. It was good to actually be able to talk to each other."
Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime plays San Diego on Thursday and Los Angeles on Friday.
Carlos Santana is grateful for all the 70th birthday wishes, writing on Facebook, “Dearest Ones, Your outpouring of light / love and sharing your highest wishes floods my heart with profound gratitude and gives me supreme energy, courage, confidence, clarity, certainty and invigorating belief that YES, we can and WILL make a powerful positive difference in this wonderful planet we call HOME.” Apparently a simple “thank you” wasn’t good enough.
Rick Wakeman just finished a run of shows in Italy and tweeted, “Swelteringly hot. Air conditioner in my room is not working… I'm sweating everywhere. Went to the loo and slid off onto the floor. Slid from there into the door. Came out the door and slid into the room. Gone back to the loo as I forgot to do what I went in there to do before I slid off the seat.”
Eddie Van Halen not only went rifle shooting recently with his wife and son, but did a little auto racing with big brother Alex, posting on Instagram, “Guess who won?”
Frank Sinatra's widow Barbara died Tuesday morning at her home in Rancho Mirage, California. Before marrying Ol' Blue Eyes, she was the wife of Zeppo Marx of The Marx Brothers. Barbara Sinatra was 90.
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