Last night, I was fortunate enough to be part of the 200-strong crowd at The Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush to witness and photograph a great interview and intimate acoustic set with the legendary Pete Townshend to celebrate the release of The Who Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut.
Working with Universal Music and Division Promotions, I got involved early at a small, but very renowned pie shop on Goldhawk Road, in the neighbourhood where both Pete and Roger Daltrey grew up. Pete, along with a select group of press and media folk spent their time mingling and sampling the authentic cuisine of this small but flavoursome establishment. It all kicked off at, ironically, 5:15 and soon we had a number of Vespas parked outside.
Following on from this, everyone made their way over to the Bush Hall on Uxbridge Road where a very stylishly decorated interior set the stage for the next couple of hours which started off with the 200-strong crowd (including Who bandmate Roger Daltrey) being completely mesmerised by the playback of “Love Reign O’er Me” in stunning Quadraphonic Sound (we were told that each individual speaker was worth over £75,000!).
Soon after, renowned Mojo Magazine editor, Phil Alexander, invited Pete up on stage for an hour long interview and Q&A session where Pete informed, captivated and entertained the crowd with the history behind the making of the Quadrophenia album – all to celebrate the release of The Director’s Cut which is due out on the 14th November.
Pete then played a 20-minute acoustic set including ‘Drowned’, ‘Acid Queen’, ‘Corrina Corrina’ and ‘I’m One’ before dashing off to The Roundhouse where he picked up a Classic Rock Award, with Quadrophenia being named Classic Album.
I was once again, very humbled and excited at the same time to be a part of this and also to be able to capture the moments on camera (some of the shots have now been published on the Classic Rock and Digital Spy websites!).
Head on down to my Facebook page to see a selection of the shots from the night.