McFly and Razorlight were on hand for The Who ‘Quadrophenia’ and ‘Tommy’ Live on Wednesday (November 2) at Curon Mayfair in London, England. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says he contemplated suicide after being arrested for downloading child pornography on the internet. In an interview in The Observer, the 57-year-old says: “If I had had a gun, I would have shot myself. And if I had shot myself, it would have been fu**ing awful because it would have confirmed what everybody thought.” Read more.
Limp Bizkit performed a cover version of The Who’s ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ and a new song called ‘Stick ‘Em’ at an invitation-only concert at New York’s Webster Hall Wednesday (July 16) that was broadcast on AOL for Broadband’s ‘BroadBAND Rocks!’ concert series.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey admits he’s angry over media leaks from “areas of authority who should have known better’ in the U.K. child porn scandal involving longtime bandmate Pete Townshend. “It was like watching them kick my kid,’ Daltrey tells Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith. “There were half-truths and things said that weren’t true at all that stoked the flames. And I saw Pete on one side telling the whole truth, and this going on on the other side.”
The Sun reports The Who guitarist Pete Townshend said he had email proof he did contact internet watchdogs to complain about pedophile websites. “You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, representatives of the Internet Watch Foundation told the press and news stations they had never heard from me,” Townshend said. “I, of course, know I did communicate with them several times last year and they have now supplied to us copies of my emails to them — one in August, the rest November. My lawyers have written to the IWF founder Mark Stephens, who was adamant they had never heard from me, asking for an explanation.”
Queen guitarist Brian May has weighed in on the child porn charges surrounding The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, and he is decidedly on Pete’s side. “This is really in danger of getting deeply out of hand–remember McCarthyism in the U.S.A.?” May wrote. “Well, maybe we’re too young, but if you read Orwell’s 1984, it’ll do the trick. The Thought Police seem to have materialized again in 2003. Surely the police conducting this investigation into pedophilia must realize that loads of people must go into areas of the Internet purely to see what is there? And are you going to tell me journalists don’t do this in order to be informed enough to write their stories? Oh, I guess journalists will turn out to be exempt from this kind of investigation into THEIR private lives. But of course it is these very harpies who as usual can’t wait to smear a great artist like Pete Townshend. It made me feel sick to see newsreel footage of these parasites camped outside Pete’s house. Grow up guys. And own up.” The full story at yahoo.com has since been removed.
Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday, “I know pete townshend left the [American Music] Awards early with his date. It was a school night. He had to get out of there.” He later joked, “Pete Townshend is forming a new group — The Who me? ‘What are you talking about? Who, me?’ Wow, that’s quite a story. Pete Townshend arrested in England yesterday in connection with this internet child pornography ring. Really creepy. Did you hear what he said? I’m not kidding, listen to what he said. He said he admitted he had logged on to some child porn sites, but he never downloaded. He logged on, but never downloaded. Even Clinton’s going, ‘Shut up!'”