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Tue Sep 21 23:11:45 CDT 2004
Entertainment - Reuters
Townshend Site to Host Streaming TV Station
By Jonathan Cohen
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Who songwriter/guitarist Pete Townshend (news)'s
official Web site (http://www.petetownshend.co.uk) will soon play host to a
streaming TV station dubbed "Who TV."
The system has been tested in recent months with a live Who rehearsal and
performances by Townshend-mentored singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller, but,
according to a note on the site, "as of next week ... its use will be more
"We've developed three areas to the 'studio' which allow us to broadcast
live performances from inside and outside the building," the site says, "an
area that lets us prepare and broadcast pre-recorded and/or commercially
available material and a 'Vox Box' where people can just go and sit in front
of a camera and say whatever they feel, maybe even crack a few jokes!"
"Much of the live and Vox Box material with be unscheduled and unscripted --
some will be recorded and looped and others will be real one-offs -- shown
only the one time," the post continues. "Some other events will be
publicized in advance."
For now, access to the content is free, but the site says, "for BIG events,
of which a few are planned over the next year, there may well be a need to
charge -- either with a one-off payment or by subscription -- to view."
The Who recently wrapped a summer tour and is expected to continue work on
what may constitute the group's first studio album since 1982's "It's Hard."
In related news, Who vocalist Roger Daltrey (news) will join David Crosby
(news), former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, E Street Band
guitarist Nils Lofgren (news) and Poison's Bret Michaels (news) at the
fourth Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. The event takes place Feb. 17-21 in Los
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