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Quadrophenia Tour Programme 1996

The Who have announced that they are currently planning a tour, which they hope will take place in spring 2011.

The dates are likely to see the band perform their 1973 rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’.

Frontman Roger Daltrey has declared the band do not want to give up playing live despite rumours they were planning to retire.

“We’re just working out what to do next,” he told “We’ve got ideas, we’re looking on probably being out there, hopefully if all goes well, in the spring of next year. We definitely don’t want to stop. We feel it’s the role of the artist to go all the way through life ’til you can’t do it anymore.”

The singer added that the rock opera element of the show would be revamped for next year’s dates.

“There are issues with it to make it work at our age,” he admitted. “I’m 16 years older than when we last did it and I always had a bit of a problem as far as the crowd was concerned, with the way we were presenting the show, the way our position within the piece was explained. For the newcomers, it was narratively a bit of a puzzle, what Pete and I were to this guy on the screen. It needs a revamp. It would be dated to put it out as it is now. We need to fix that area, but I know how to do it.”

Daltrey also explained that Pete Townshend’s severe tinnitus problems are being addressed.

“It’s nothing that can’t be sorted out, just different monitor systems, different onstage volume, which is where the issue is,” he explained. “Pete being the addictive character he is, if he gets carried away he tends to turn up his volume to the odd levels, and that’s when it causes the trouble. That’s one of the problems with rock ‘n’ roll, once the old adrenaline kicks in.”

The Who recently performed ‘Quadrophenia’ live with members of Pearl Jam and Kasabian as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


Here is “The Real Me” from the first Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall 27th November 2000.

Here is some fan filmed footage from the March 2010 Tennage Cancer Trust show as usual at the Royal Albert Hall

Bonus here again is the great Bettye LaVette performance

July 18, 2010 Posted by | New News, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Bettye LaVette – The British Rock Songbook

Bettye LaVette brings some British Rock  home to its American R&B roots on her latest CD, due late May,“INTERPRETATIONS: THE BRITISH ROCK SONGBOOK”.

The album is a 13-song ride through classic rock including tracks originally recorded by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd among others, before concluding right where the very idea for the album started via her show-stopping rendition of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” from the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors, which appears here as a bonus track.

The above performance brought her together with Stevens (the event’s producer) and Mathes (its musical director) and was a perfect living example of her extraordinary ability as an interpreter of song, she doesn’t merely mold a piece of music to suit her tastes; she is a conjurer of deep, emotional truths:

“Bettye LaVette punched a hole right through her version of Pete Townshend’s ‘Love Reign O’er Me,’ letting all the song’s emotion pour out in a way that its creators never conceived,” observed the New York Daily News. Townshend himself came up to Bettye after her performance, took her hands into his and said, “You made me weep.”

Throughout the album her performances are a revelation of the link and ties between British rock ‘n’ roll and the American blues and R&B, which when combined, catalyzed popular music. That Lennon, McCartney, and so many others who crossed the Atlantic in their wake, were deeply influenced by American music is no great secret.

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The Beatles’ pre-psychedelic Rubber Soul classic “The Word” takes on an almost religious fervor, while Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” is transformed from a majestic pop song into a stark, almost desperate expression of devotion. Profound alienation becomes intense longing on Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” and the wistful naiveté of The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” matures into a deep and unshakeable lament. Bettye inhabits these songs, revitalizes them and exposes the humanity that makes these 13 tracks not just pop songs, but enduring works of art.

Such mastery hardly comes as a surprise to at least one legend featured here. Elton John (whose “Talking Old Soldiers” appeared on The Scene Of The Crime) offers this endorsement of Bettye’s impassioned take on “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”:

“Bettye LaVette has always been a wonderful singer – I have been a huge fan for many years. To my delight and surprise she recorded an amazing version of ‘Talking Old Soldiers’ – a song that nobody else has covered – and made it her own.

“Now she has recorded ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ and has done exactly the same – but this time with a much more familiar song. I am truly touched by her picking these songs and can only hope that this album brings more attention to this incredible artist.”

1. The Word (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
2. No Time To Live (James Capaldi/Stephen Winwood)
3. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Bennie Benjamin/Gloria Caldwell/Sol Marcus)
4. All My Love (John Baldwin/Robert Plant)
5. Isn’t It A Pity (George Harrison)
6. Wish You Were Here (David Gilmour/Roger Waters)
7. It Don’t Come Easy (Richard Starkey)
8. Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney)
9. Salt Of The Earth (Michael Jagger/Keith Richards)
10. Nights In White Satin (David Hayward)
11. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock)
12. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Elton John/Bernard Taupin)
13. Love Reign O’er Me (Pete Townshend)

All My Love” – Bettye LaVette

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New News, New Releases, R&B, Soul, The Who | , , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – Bettye LaVette


Hot on the heels of her storming live rendition of The Who’s song “Love Reign O’er Me” comes this more restrained, but nevertheless brilliant, live performance of Neil Young’s  song “Heart of Gold”

“Heart of Gold (Live)” – Bettye Lavette

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, Video | , , | 2 Comments

Bettye LaVette



BETTYE LaVETTE is starting off 2009 with a bang by performing Sam Cooke’s revered anthem “A Change Is Gonna Come” at Barack Obama’s Inaugural Celebration kicking off at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, January 18. A partial list of additional musical performers includes, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Usher Raymond IV, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2 and Stevie Wonder. Among those reading historical passages will be Jack Black, Steve Carrell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney and Denzel Washington.

At the moment, “Bettye is speechless.”

HBO will televise the event on an open channel (Sunday, January 18 live at 2:30pm ET and 11:30am PT and later from 7-9pm ET/PT), working with all of its distributors to allow Americans across the country with access to cable, telcos or satellite television to join in the Opening Celebration for free. It will also be streamed live on Since the actual event is free and open to the public, more than 800,000 are expected in the audience.

LaVETTE has been on a roll since her 2005 release on Anti- Records, “My Own Hell to Raise” which brought her back into the national spotlight, 43 years after her first single “My Man is a Loving Man,” was released in 1962 when she was a teen. This roll only gathered more strength and critical acclaim when Anti- issued her second CD for the label in 2007, the Grammy nominated, “The Scene of the Crime.”

Just this past December LaVETTE proved to give the powerhouse performance of the evening at the Kennedy Center Honors when she sang her unparalleled version of “Love Reign O’er Me” as part of the Who tribute.

The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl recently described his first encounter with BETTYE’s rendition of the song to Air America’s Richard Greene: “We showed up for rehearsal, and one of the performers was rehearsing the song for the Who segment. It was a woman named Bettye LaVette… She is gonna steal the show. She was so phenomenal, this performance of The Who song that she did. It will bring you to tears. The room was pin-drop silent when she did this song, and it was just unbelievable.”

The Who’s Pete Townshend himself agrees. In a Q&A on his blog at, the legendary axe-slinger said, “My favorite moment was when Bettye LaVette sang a very fine version of ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ at the Gala and Barbra Streisand turned to ask me if I really wrote it.”

January 16, 2009 Posted by | New News, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment


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