October 21, 2020

2007-03-16 – Southern Illinoisan

2007 03 16 Southern_Illinoisan_Fri__Mar_16__2007_

Townshend still
hitting the road

BY CARY DARLING
M(CLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

AUSTIN, Texas — It was
out with the movies and in
with the music as South by
Southwest shifted gears
Wednesday.

To underscore the point, for
the keynote address at the
downtown Hilton hotel,
organizers brought in a
legend from the original
British Invasion: Pete
Townshend.

Looking fit and displaying
an often ribald sense of
humor, The Who guitarist, 61,
ranged through topics such as
why The Who keep coming
back together to his
unrequited love for ‘70s/ ’803
punk queen Siouxsie Sioux of
Siouxsie & the Banshees. (“I
dream of her often,” he joked.
“We have little punkettes.”)

Townshend, who was
interviewed by journalist Bill
Flanagan and was greeted
with a standing ovation, said
that he is still inspired by The
Who and that the band will
always be a part of him and
vice versa. In October, the
group released a new album,
“Endless Wire,” and began a
tour.

“I’d been voted in and
couldn’t get out, like the
Sopranos,” he said. “I’m
enjoying being on the road
with Roger (Daltrey), but I
have the power to say ‘no.”‘

And that means he feels free
to do other things, such as
jamming with Lou Reed
recently on some Velvet
Underground songs or
working on his latest project:
a new Web site set to launch
in April dedicated to The
Method, a program that
claims to create unique
musical compositions for
each subscriber based on
their personality traits.

Townshend also says he has
turned his back on some of
the rock ‘n’ roll nihilism that
The Who once seemed to
embody. Speaking of his
guitar-smashing antics, he
said, “Those big, violent,
noisy acts aren’t valid
anymore,” he said. “I’m not
saying music shouldn’t have
edge. I’m not saying it
shouldn’t be political, but
(then) let’s make it political.”