Before Pete Townshend , bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Zak Starkey could begin recording the backing tracks for the new Who album, they had to get a proper drum sound.
"Getting a drum sound is a legendary obsession in studio recording and, of course, at live gigs. Audio engineers can spend several months listening to someone bang a snare drum or hit a kick drum. They go into a kind of trance.
"I remember going to a Madonna gig at Madison Square Garden in 1993 and the only thing I could hear was the bass drum. She slid down a pole from ceiling to stage to start the show, or someone did -- I was trying to stay in my seat. Every time the bass drum hit I was elevated several inches into the air. Was that really necessary? Madonna came down, I went up, etc. I should be so lucky."
The good news is they got the sound down, and began recording on the second day of sessions. This will be The Who's first studio effort since Endless Wire in 2006.