Simon in Glasgow Evening Times

nakedeye10 at nakedeye10 at
Thu Jun 6 19:31:26 UTC 2013

A few little tidbits in here.

I don't recall Simon playing any Who songs at solo gigs.  Anyone?


Look Who's my big brother
THEY'RE bringing arguably their greatest work to Glasgow next week - but the Who aren't ready to smash up their final guitar just yet.

Simon Townshend joins The Who at the SECC next Wednesday, and playas a solo gig at Maggie May's the night after. Picture: Sarita Chalmers
The legendary rockers will carry on touring for as long as they can, according to guitarist Simon Townshend.

Simon, the younger brother of the band's songwriter Pete, has been a touring member of the group since the mid 90s, and reckons Pete and singer Roger Daltrey will keep on going.

"People still want to see these bands," he says, speaking ahead of next Wednesday's Quadrophenia gig at the SECC.

"People don't care about age, they just want to watch the band. There's certainly a few years left in the Who."

This time around the group are re-visiting their classic 1973 'Mod opera' album Quadrophenia.

It remains one of the group's most iconic works.

"It's a magnificent piece of music and over the past 30 years its become its own trademark, having really built itself up and up and up," says Simon.

"Personally, I'd say that it or Who's Next are the Who's best albums," says Simon.

Sixteen years younger than big brother Pete, Simon, 52, has been involved with the Who from a young age, singing backing vocals on the Tommy album aged just nine.

In later years he's also carved out his own solo career, which will see him headline the city's Maggie May's the night after the Who rock the SECC.

He'll be playing tracks from forthcoming record Denial, due out in November, and featuring Big Country man Mark Bryzinski on drums.

It's a situation that Simon feels lets him enjoy the best of both worlds.

"It's great to be playing big stages with the Who but with the clubs it's totally different, it's a one on one thing," he says.

"There's a different vibe and level of enjoyment too, so I'm more relaxed.

"Plus I get to play my own material, as well as a couple of Who songs. The clubs give an in your face vibe but and I'm lucky to have both."

Luck has been in short supply personally for Simon recently, with his new album set to cover some of the difficulties he's endured in the past few years.

"My eldest son lost a child, which was very difficult as a family to deal with, too," he says.

"Addiction run through our family too. Pete was an addict, our mother was one and I am too. I cleaned out and become tee-total about 13 months ago, and it changed my life – I became more focused and wrote songs about that experience."

As for life with the Who, he's happy to enjoy some brotherly love on tour.

"We have our moments, but brothers are brothers, and if Pete gets himself in a corner then sometimes he beats me up to get out of it. But he's my brother, so that's his right-"

l The Who, Wednesday, SECC, £70, 7pm. Simon Townshend, Maggie May's, Trongate, Thursday, £12, 7pm.

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