The massive undertaking of re-creating Tommy included mapping out a strategy at Meyers' Kansas City, Mo., offices in August 2014, then learning the material by listening to the Who's album and watching the wonderfully wacky 1975 film and arranging the music (which longtime Who fanatic Jim Rea lovingly took on).
That title comes from an early Pete Townshend interview. It was his answer to the question, How do you prepare yourself to go on stage with The Who?
I have always had an affinity for plays by and/or about the Irish, probably because of a class in Irish literature I took long ago at NYU Uptown (when there was an NYU Uptown).
Not sure if I believed my ears, I wheeled around... Oh, my God, was this really happening?! Right out of a dream, Pete Townshend, guitarist of The Who, dressed in a pale sky-blue suit, was, indeed, standing in the Fillmore East's lobby... talking... to... my... parents!
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"Aren't we all the sum of our experiences, whether good or bad? In my case, I am fortunate to have had a plethora of life experiences that combine to help me deal with the multitude of issues a family lawyer has to address."
The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was less than three months after the Kennedy assassination, bringing across the Atlantic a whiff of much needed fresh air, a reacquaintance with joy we all had been craving since November 22, 1963.
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"We just went into the studio with the ambition to put out as good a music as we could do and we didn't really worry about whether it was going to be successful. We put it out there and it catches the public's imagination."
To know Pete Townshend a little is to love him. And to know Pete Townshend a lot (as guitarist, singer, rocker, lyricist, poet, author, producer, philanthropist and, objectively-speaking, visionary) is to love him even more.
The world has just lost an undisputed Master of Cinema, English director Ken Russell. Truly, it's hard to believe that one man was responsible for so many outrageous and outstanding motion-picture experiences.