European Press Conference
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Thu Feb 8 17:22:14 CST 2007
Thursday, 8th Feb 2007, 12.30
The Hospital, Covent Garden, London
Many of you watched the broadcast of the press conference announcing the
European leg of The Who tour on the web. We attended the event which ran 30
minutes late due to appalling snow in London. The two hit the stage wearing their
usual black attire (uniforms). Pete mentioned that the venue was a tomb.
That's because it was located 2 floors below street level, no windows and very
closed in. They played 4 acoustic songs beautifully. the opening tune was Won't
get fooled again. Pete was master of the acoustic wonderfully and Roger had
a well rested voice. Behind Blue Eyes was it's usual masterpiece. The next
tune was a challenge for both of them. Mike Post Theme was superior
acoustically and Roger hit all the notes in the right places and Pete was banging the
old guitar fiercely. The last number was Tea and Theatre minus Roger's tea cup.
It came out later for the Q & A. Yes, Roger took his black and Pete took his
white. Next was the Q&A; Most of the questions where from the British press.
There was also a question from Australia, New York and Sweden via e-mail.
The funniest questions was from a reporter form Cork. He asked 'after 40 years
why are playing Cork?' Roger's response was' We know the local postman'
(Irish Jack). The saddest thing about the press conference was that Pete and Roger
announced that they will not be changing the set list. It is to complicated.
The timings have to be co-ordinated with the backdrops, lights, films and
time constraints. Roger also said he can only perform 2 hours maximum-voice.
Pete said the only reason why they are going to perform at Glastonbury is
because his 17 year old son Joseph wants his dad to be the headlining act. As
well as bring his friends down and impress them. Pete kept on about In The
Attic. It must really be true love! Pete also said he got to meet young musicians
and hear new music via ITA. Pete was speaking fondly about The Isle of Man.
He mentioned he spent several season's there with his dad Cliff who was with
the Squadroneers(?). He mentioned that he even went to school there too.
Roger was a bit apprehensive about last years Liverpool gigs, but on reflection
he thought those gigs where the best on the tour. He thought the audience was
brilliant and sang louder than he did. He can't wait to go back to Liverpool.
Finally, Pete announced this was not going to be the end of The Who live.
After the Helsinki gig they will take a 3 month break and continue talks about
how to continue the tour. It is a world tour you know! Australia, Japan and
Asia are still on the cards and possibly South America after a bit more P.R.
Melissa & Gary Hurley
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