Out now in celebration of the Who’s 50th anniversary is The Who FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About Fifty Years Of Maximum R&B. The book is the latest in the series, which has shed new and important light on such subjects as the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen-- among numerous others -- and focuses on every angle and subject within the sphere of the band’s life and career.
Author Mike Segretto spotlights both specific influences to the band -- and artists most influenced by them. The Who FAQ covers the back stories behind their fashions, album art, their personal takes on politics and religion, the group's individual musicality, solo work, studio rarities, key live performances, and compilations -- and nearly everything one would want covered pertaining to the Who’s first half-century.
- Pete Townshend recalled that during the mid-'70s, his tenure in the Who -- especially when on the road -- had become unbearable: "I always felt uncomfortable, I always felt ill at ease. And my wife, for example, it drove her nuts, y'know? I would come back from a tour and she'd say, 'Well, what was it like?' And I'd say, 'It was hell!' And she'd say, 'Well, why do you do it?' And I would say, 'Because I don't have a choice.' And she'd say, 'Well you do have a choice.' And I'd say, 'Well, I don't have a choice! I don't have a choice!' I felt trapped. I felt imprisoned. But I also felt that as a band, we were performing a function."
- Roger Daltrey has made no bones about the fact that he's kept up a busy solo career for the solo purpose of serving the Who for future live dates and recordings. We asked Daltrey to lay out how he and Townshend plot their future projects: "Well, y'know, he writes and then we decide. One of the reasons I'm doing this is so that if he ever does write anything significant or anything that he needs me to sing I've got a voice to do it. I've dedicated my life to being the voice of his music. I'm happy with that position. I feel I've done a good job for him."
- The Who will next perform on November 26th in Dublin, Ireland.
- The Who will release a 50th anniversary double CD compilation, called Who Hits 50, on October 28th. The set, which will be the latest in a long line of Who comps, will serve as the definitive hits collection for the band's milestone, with a final track listing soon to be announced. With the Who gearing up for its golden anniversary, an official message was sent out by the band's record label, Universal, seeking fans help to pitch in with contributions from their personal archive.
- The post sent out via a press release reads in part: "In anticipation of the celebrations, the Who are reaching out to fans and collectors around the world, looking for rare and lost recordings to complete a thorough trawl of their archives. The band is looking for rare radio and TV performances, home movies from gigs, extraordinary bootleg material, demos, unusual photos and memorabilia for their 50th anniversary releases. If you think it’s rare, we’d like to see it!”
CHECK IT OUT: The Who’s 1965 promo film for “I Can’t Explain”:
CHECK IT OUT: The Who’s 1981 video for “Another Tricky Day”: