October 26, 2020

1989-04-25 – The Greenwood Commonwealth

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WHO MEMBERS ROGER DALTREY, PETE TOWNSHEND AND JOHN ENTWISTLE

Announced Monday they will launch a 25th anniversary reunion tour

The Who plans reunion tour

NEW YORK (AP) — Three
months ago The Who’s Pete
Townshend, inducting the R011-
ing Stones into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame, took a swipe
at the mercenary side of the
Stones’ upcoming reunion tour.

“It won’t be easy for the
Stones the next time around,
and if it wasn’t for the vast sums
of money they can make, they
might not bother at all,” Towns-
hend jibed. “... At least, Mick
probably wouldn’t. It’s lucky for
us fans that he has such expen-
sive tastes.”

Now it’s Mick J agger’s turn.

Two generations after “My
Generation,” Townshend, Roger
Daltrey and John Entwistle
announced Monday they were
reuniting for a 25th anniversary
tour — their first since 1982-83’s
“Farewell Tour.” The band also

appeared in a one-shot reunion
at Live Aid.

Daltrey said they had
decided against making an
album to be released while
they’re touring.

“We felt like we weren’t trying
to resurrect the band. This is a
celebration of the music we

created, after all these years,” he
said. “One of the reasons we
stopped is we were on that
album-tour-album-tour rat race
of the rock ’n’ roll industry. To
come back and do all that again
we thought was a mistake.”

The British band last per-
formed the rock opera “Tommy,”
by Townshend, in its entirety 17
years ago in Chicago.

The tour will include two full-
length performances of “Tommy,”
with guest stars, in New York
City and Los Angeles. The latter
will be videotaped. Those con-
certs and the video will be bene-
fits for the Nordoff-Robbins Mus-

ic Therapy Foundation for autis-
tic children.

Townshend acknowledged he
has suffered a hearing loss, say-
ing he has a “ringing in the ears
at the kind of frequencies at
which I play guitar. If I expose
myself to loud electric guitar,
particularly my own, my hearing
suffers.”

“I’m still very nervous about
how I can work on stage without
further damage to my hearing,”

he said, but then drew a laugh
by adding; “We’re going to play
very, very quietly.”

The return of the Stones and
The Who to the stage highlights
what seems to be a trend in rock
’n’ roll today. Jefferson Airplane
and The Stray Cats are reunit-
ing. In recent months David
Crosby has taken part in a pair
of reunions, with ex-bandmates
the Byrds and with Stephen

Stills, Graham Nash and Neil
Young.

As Townshend indicated, such
get-togethers are lucrative: Roll»
ing Stone magazine reported the
Stones are guaranteed more
than $65 million for a 50—date
North American tour. Ticket
sales for their 1981 tour hit $54

million.

Or maybe the reasons are
more friendship than financial:
Stray Cats leader Brian Setzer
says he just missed bandmates
Lee Rocker and Slim Jim
Phantom.

There’s another motivation: In
most cases, the sum of the bands
has proved greater than its
parts.