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Post  misery guts Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:01 pm

All You Need Is Love: Diamonds As Big As The Ritz (The Musical)
Stephen Sondheim was the point-man for this episode, though Bob Fosse and William "son of Oscar" Hammerstein were among the other contributors. Tina Turner and Ken Russell spoke about "Tommy", whilst Lionel Bart appeared briefly at the end to mention that the US does not have a monopoly on the form. Among the musicals discussed were Oklahoma, Hair, Showboat and A Little Night Music. Also, on a personal note, nice to see some of the "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" stuff from "On Your Toes".
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Post  misery guts Wed May 22, 2019 9:27 am

Talking Pictures with Robert Powell
The actor generally talked about films such as The Italian Job, Jesus of Nazareth, The Jigsaw Man and The Thirty Nine Steps. But he was also in a theatre production early on with Ben Kingsley, where they were responsible for the musical side. Even more bizarrely, Brian Epstein saw it and encouraged the Beatles to see it (John Lennon was typically caustic). Apart from a long friendship with Rick Wakeman, his other claim to cinematic musical legend was working with Ken Russell. He featured in Russell's biopic about Gustav Mahler, and more significantly in Tommy, as the poor boy's father, for which he had to swim with Ann Margaret. He did admire the Who, so that was OK.
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Post  misery guts Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:25 am

Passions: Bradley Wiggins on Mods
The cycling champion met Phil Daniels to talk about Quadrophenia, mods from the time, clubbers from a mod club, Kenny Jones to talk about the Small Faces, Paul Weller for such mod inspiration, and Peter Blake who helped craft the target logo which the Who appropriated as a mod symbol.
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Post  misery guts Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:14 am

Our Generation
A new documentary marking the 40th anniversary of the film version of Quadrophenia. Phil Daniels presented, and most of the cast spoke to camera. They all seem proud to have been part of this film, and most went on to big successes in acting (or music, in Sting and Toyah's cases).

Quadrophenia Reunited - 40 Years On
A studio discussion hosted by Lauren Laverne, with 8 of the cast around a table, and video messages from Sting, Ray Winstone and Franc Roddam. Held at the Shepherds Bush Empire, they told tales of production, and read out some sections of the script. All seemed proud to have been part of it, but that's hardly surprising.
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Post  misery guts Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:30 am

The Who at Kilburn 1977
The penultimate live show Keith Moon would ever do, on Dec 15th of that year, at the Gaumont State Theatre. They were in good form, running through hits for an appreciative crowd. Some of this footage seems to be where the stuff in their Classic Albums comes from, so that was nice to spot.
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Post  misery guts Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:03 am

They've apparently just released their first new album of original material since 2006's Endless Wire! Called Who, they've plugging it on their current tour, but if I hadn't caught a telly ad the other day, it would have passed me by.
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Post  misery guts Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:38 am

Rock N Roll Road-Trip w/Sammy Hagar - Teenage Wasteland
From Season 3, Sammy went to Tahoe to talk to Roger Daltrey. He's had stomach issues relating to a rusty nail. He's been married 45 years, and been working with Pete Townshend for nearly 55 years. Sammy mentioned touring the UK with Montrose back in the 1970s when they supported the Who, and being mistaken for Roger over the years. Roger feels John Entwistle and Keith Moon still echo in the music. He's had more scuffles than fights, and had an insane temper. He's worked to help support Teenage Cancer Trust for 27 years. Says Jimi Hendrix took most of his tricks from Pete, but the Who wouldn't want to follow him, though he was a quiet guy in real life. He wouldn't sing with Sammy, so Sammy did Behind Blue Eyes on one of his cruise shows instead.
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Post  misery guts Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:02 am

The Big Interview w/Dan Rather - Roger Daltrey
Shorter than most of these, but still busy with info, whether Roger making his own guitar, inspired by Elvis, or downplaying the band fights. How strange that fame changes your image. Roger didn't feel moved by the Broadway version of Tommy, even though it won 5 Tonys, and ran 2 years. He told an anecdote about the recording of Behind Blue Eyes. I expect to pick up his book sometime this year maybe.
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Classic Albums: The Who Sell Out
A new series of this old format begins with this 1967 effort, mysteriously elevated to "classic" status, also being reissued in 2021. Roger and Pete talked of course, as did biographers and others. I Can See For Miles was the stand-out track; the pirate radio format concept was much discussed too.
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Post  misery guts Sat Jul 31, 2021 1:22 am

Roger's planning a solo tour, to keep his hand in most likely, with material from the Who and elsewhere.

On the Pete front, he has talked down chances of another Who album, as it involves the two of them (and others) working in close accord, which isn't likely any time soon. Not that they're on bad terms, just busy in different directions.
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Post  misery guts Wed Jan 05, 2022 9:26 am

The Who Hits 50! Live
From the Royal Albert Hall, and in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust as ever, Pete and Rog doled out the hits and more, with a few surprises and anecdotes along the way. This was from March 2015, so they may or may not make it to marking 60 years yet...
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Post  misery guts Mon Apr 25, 2022 8:17 am

misery guts wrote:Roger is also following Pete into the autobiography game, with his own tome due out next month  Cool
I expect to pick up his book sometime this year maybe
Thanks a Lot, Mr Kibblewhite, by Roger Daltrey
Heavy tome from the Who's frontman, covering his youthful struggles, progress with the band, changing respect for Pete, sadness for Keith and John, health struggles and his long, stable marriage. A good read.

He's also given an interview this week in which, among other views, he's said how glad he was that Ed Sheeran won his copyright case, and how dismayed he is that Brexit hasn't been more of a success (he a convinced Leaver).
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