The Who will release a Japanese-only live album on June 27th, called, The Who Live At The Budokan. The show, recorded during the band's last tour on November 17th, 2008 at Tokyo's legendary Budokan Hall has been mixed by the Who's longtime sound-man Bobby Priddenand includes the entire 20-song performance. The disc is being released through Universal Music Japan and so far, there has been no word as to whether a domestic release is in the works.
Pete Townshend says that although the current touring version of the Who pays homage to the band's '60s, '70s, and early '80s lineups -- do not confuse it as a tribute "act": "Y'know, there's a temptation to describe what it is that we're doing with the Who as a nostalgia exercise, but actually what it is a virtual reality exercise, really. It's about trying to re-create what was once there, and inasmuch as we don't particularly need to -- it would be nice to have some new material. But y'know, inasmuch as we don't need new material to do what we used to do, we can pretty much use the same techniques."
- The tracklisting for The Who Live At Budokan is:
"I Can't Explain"
"Anyway Anyhow Anywhere"
"Who Are You"
"Behind Blue Eyes"
"Love Reign O'er Me"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"
"See Me Feel Me"
"Tea And Theatre"
- In January, Pete Townshend signed an exclusive, new publishing deal with Spirit Music Group to administer and promote his past and future songwriting catalogue. The pact also includes a long-term publishing agreement for Townshend's upcoming projects, including new songs composed for potential solo and Who releases -- as well as songs from Townshend's upcoming musical dramatic piece, Floss.
- Also announced in the press release are "a series of retrospectives for the Who's most celebrated albums are expected over the next two years leading up to a global celebration of the band's 50th anniversary in 2014."
CHECK IT OUT: The Who on November 17th, 2008 performing "Pinball Wizard" live at Budokan:
Pete Townshend On The Who's Current Stage Act