Sad news that Tommy director Ken Russell has passed away at the age of 84. Met Ken once, when the remastered version was released and he seemed a genuine British eccentric. A nice fellow. The BBC reports on his passing here.
The Associated Press has released the following press release ' NEW YORK (AP) — A sprawling new collection of Bob Dylan cover songs is being released in January to benefit Amnesty International.
The human rights organization said Wednesday that all of the songs on the 4-CD collection will be new or previously unreleased versions, with the exception of Dylan’s title cut, “Chimes of Freedom.”
The disc, to be released in the U.S. on Jan. 24, is being produced by the same music executives who made a 2007 benefit album for Darfur featuring John Lennon songs.
Participating artists range from 19-year-old Miley Cyrus to 92-year-old folk legend Pete Seeger. Cyrus recorded “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” and Seeger, with a children’s chorus, does “Forever Young.”
The disc is being released to commemorate Amnesty International’s 50th birthday.
Among the other participating artists: Adele, Cage the Elephant, Dave Matthews Band, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, My Chemical Romance, Patti Smith, Sting, Pete Townshend, the Gaslight Anthem and Ke$ha.
Eighty artists and 75 new songs are included.'
Pete's contribution is Corrina Corrina.
from Pete's performance at the Prince's Trust on youtube here
Johnny as Jimmy
After last night's Prince's Trust show Pete gave an interview in which he recalls wanting Sex Pistol's frontman Johnny Rotten to take the part of Jimmy in Quadrophenia. You can read it and watch the accompanying video here. Pete performed five songs at the gig, which appear to have been: I'm One, Drowned, Acid Queen, Corrina Corrina and Won't Get Fooled Again, before joining the rest of the cast for a rendition of David Bowie's Heroes.
Pete plays for the Prince's Trust
tonight at the Royal Albert Hall. For anyone wishing to donate to this charity which helps young people train and secure jobs then visit the official website here
Goodnight Keith Moon
I put this up on my photo website a few months back, before Naked Eye went live and thought I'd post it here for anyone who missed it. It a charming children's book, that's also macarbre in a way, which is based on the story 'Goodnight Moon'. The Guardian reviewed it here. I came across it in a bookshop without knowing anything about it and just had to buy it.
Roger talks to The Sun about 'Quadrophenia'
The Sun carries a really good interview with Roger on their website, which can be accessed here.
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere update
Had quite a few emails about Anyway Anyhow Anywhere volume 2. Well, myself and Andy Neill are committed to the book and are aiming to release it in 2014, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of 'I Can't Explain'. We recently received the good news that the first book sold in excess of 70,000 copies, which amazed us. Thank you to everyone who went out and bought a copy.
First 'Quadrophenia' reviews up on Amazon
Some reviews have been posted on Amazon of the Quadrophenia release....some good, some not so with issues mainly relating to the quality of the artwork and the mix of the album. You can read them here
Pete Townshend: 'I lost two days worth of memory after Roger Daltrey knocked me out'
According to nme.com. Roger also speaks about Quadrophenia to Classic Rock here
Win 'Quadrophenia' Classic Edition
Classic Rock are giving away copies of the classic edition of Quadrophenia. To enter, simply fill out your details here.
Footage of Pete at Bush Hall.
MOJO magazine have posted a five minute video of Pete's Quadrophenia event at Bush Hall on YouTube.
Pete at Bush Hall
Pete performed four numbers at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush last night. According to Andy Neill the evening kicked off with Bob Pridden playing 5.1 mixes of The Rock and Love Reign O'er Me. This was followed by a 40 minute Q&A with Pete, chaired by MOJO editor Phil Alexander, during which Roger joined the event. Pete then played: Downed, Acid Queen, Corinna Corinna and I'm One. NME comments on the event here.
Pete previews 'Quadrophenia' ...
...tonight in London in front of an invited audience, starting at 7.15. If anyone gets to go along and wishes to review the event for Naked Eye please send your review to email@example.com
BBC reviews 'Quadrophenia - Deluxe Edition'
The BBC have reviewed the forthcoming Directors Cut of Quadrophenia. It also has the tracklisting for the Deluxe Edition which has Disc 1 now ending with with Drowned, which seems an odd place to cut (presumably to allow the demos to be placed on disc 2) but I haven't heard how that runs so can't comment. The review can be read here.
Roger performs in aid of the Daltrey / Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Programme.
Roger appeared at a 'Rock For Teens' event last night at Pacific Palisades. Also appearing were the Foo Fighters and Robert Plant. Some photos are available on Wireimage
Pete on 'Later'
Here's a Youtube video of Pete performing 'Drowned' and his interview that was broadcast on 'Later with Jools Holland' on November 4th.
'I'm One' on Jools Holland's 'Later'
If you missed Pete's fantastic performance of 'I'm One' last night you can watch the YouTube video below. You can see an extended edition of 'Later' on Friday where Pete also performs 'Drowned'.
Exclusive Pete Townshend interview.
Pete kindly agreed to answer a few Quadrophenia related questions a few weeks back and I'm happy to say it's now available to read in pdf format here.
The Times report on Pete's Peel lecture.