October 21, 2020

2007-02-09 – The Morning Star

2007 02 09 The_Morning_Star_Fri__Feb_9__2007_

1 I CONCERTS

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g The Who
1sees live
music as
ithe future
of rock

1 LONDON (Reuters Life!)

C all them old fashioned
but the founding members
of The Who don’t think the
Internet is the future of rock.
are unhappy about radio’s
narrow musical focus. and
j convinced live music is what
i it is all about.

1 Announcing their 2007
European Tour yesterday.

F including a headlining slot at
Britain‘s Glastonbury festival
; in June, Roger Daltrey and
Pete Townshend said play-
ing big venues remained the
best way of showcasing their
music to the world.

“The Internet promises a
1 lot of things — some it deliv-
l ers, some it doesn’t,” Town-

1 shend. 61. told a news con-

! ference. adding one thing it
does offer is the ability to sell'
tickets.

“It is probably the most
powerful informational,
promotional tool today. It’s
a very effective, focused
machine for promotion. I
look forward to using it for
live events, there’s a big
scope for live music and live
events.”

But Townshend said live
music is what it is all about
today, with the British rock
band that dates back to the
1960s embarking on a 29-
date tour starting on May 16
in Lisbon.

“Festivals are really impor-
tant, I’m not really into the
Internet,” Daltrey, 62, told
a news conference which
was live webcast on www.
thewhotoumom.

The Who’s role in rock
history, assured by songs
such as My Generation, made
them into one of the great
live bands during the 19608
and 1970s before the death
of drummer Keith Moon.
Bassist John Entwistle died
five years ago.