New album releases: High School Musical - Various Artists; The Greatest Songs of the Fifties - Barry Manilow; Your Man - Josh Turner; Amore - Andrea Bocelli
On the 4th, Pete Townshend's December diary about the damage done to his ears by headphones makes the international news when it links to current concerns about the dangers of earbuds that have recently become popular while using iPods.
On the 5th, John Entwistle is written up for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in an entry penned by Patrick Humphries.
On the 6th, the February issue of MOJO is released with The Who on the cover. Roger makes a remark that Gary Glitter needs help not punishment that makes headlines. Included with the issue is a CD of Who covers by The Jam, The Flaming Lips and others.
Also released on the same day is the U.K. DVD release of Psychoderelict Live In New York.
On the 10th, Pete decides to take the recommendation of the manager of his merchandise website, Nick Goderson, and turns his recently web-published story The Boy Who Heard Music into a mini-opera to comprise the second half of the new Who album Endless Wire. He writes a thirty-minute piece, including his previously debuted "In The Ether", by the 17th.
On the 12th, Pete writes a letter of apology to MOJO about remarks he made in the article of the 6th, appearing to put down Bob Dylan and The Band and stating that Roger's cousin killed six people.
On the 16th, Castle Music releases new versions of John's solo albums Mad Dog, Too Late The Hero and The Rock in the U.K. I write the liner notes for the last two.
On the 19th, Ian Brusby releases his CD Halfway Back From Anywhere including three archival tracks recorded in 1994 ("Can't Do Any More", "Don't Turn Away", "She Don't Know") featuring John on bass.
On the 24th, Ayatollah releases his CD Now Playing. On "This Song Is Over" he samples "Song Is Over."
New album releases: In My Own Words - Ne-Yo; Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George - Jack Johnson and Friends; Precious Memories - Alan Jackson; Ghetto Classics - Jaheim
On the 4th, Pete Townshend posts one of the last chapters of his blog novella The Boy Who Heard Music. The climax takes place at a benefit concert for a New York rocked by terrorist attacks. Pete says in the comments section that he wrote this in 2000 and handed it in to his publishers a year before September 11. "The bombings I write about were meant to be London style bombings I imagined might one day come to NY. This was not prescience: after all terrorists had already tried - I think I was in NY when the car bombs went off underneath the building. After the bigger tragedy I thought about taking this part out of the story, but I included it without much modification."
On the 7th, Richard Thompson releases his 5-CD boxset RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson containing a live medley of "My Generation", "I Can't Explain" and "Substitute".
On the 18th, Pete Townshend posts the last chapter of The Boy Who Heard Music.
On the 20th, Roger performs at The House of Blues in Los Angeles as part of that year's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp. He plays "Real Good Looking Boy", a long Johnny Cash medley on acoustic guitar and "Summertime Blues" with Cheap Trick. Accompanying on one of the songs is Joaquin Phoenix. A special on that year's camp airs on The Learning Channel on the 22nd.
On the 22nd, The Who Show, a Who tribute band, meet actual Who Roger Daltrey who stops by to watch them rehearse for a performance of Quadrophenia.
On the 25th, Pete lists everyone who commented on The Boy Who Heard Music designating them "sitters", i.e., candidates for inclusion in The Method, a revival of ideas he first proposed during the Lifehouse project 35 years before.
On the 26th, the Bristol Evening Post runs a story about Jean O'Brien, a mother who still carries a scar on her face after Pete popped a guitar string onstage at the Locarno Ballroom in July 1966. Brave lass she is as she has plans to see The Who again at their upcoming show in Bristol.
On the 28th, Pete moves into his home studio, Oceanic, to record the backing tracks for the new Who album Endless Wire. Pete plays everything himself for the most part. Pino Palladino (bass), John Bundrick (keyboards) and Peter Huntingdon (drums) are pulled in to give a Who-like rock band sound to some tracks.
New album releases: Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 - Tim McGraw; King - T.I.; 3121 - Prince; Reality Check - Juvenile
On the 3rd, Pete makes another appearance on his girlfriend Rachel Fuller's internet webcast program In The Attic. He performs "Real Good Looking Boy".
On the 4th, having finished the online serialization of his novella The Boy Who Heard Music, Pete posts an invitation-only site for "sitters" (those who commented on the novella as it was being published) that uses a computer program to generate musical phrases representing the sitters. At the time, Pete plans to invite the sitters to a concert where Pete will perform music based on the generated music.
On the 7th, the CD Edge of the World by Tipton, Entwistle & Powell is released. It features 1996 archival recordings with John Entwistle. On the same day the Roger Daltrey Gold retrospective CD is released in the U.S.
On the 8th, Pete and Roger hold a photo-op at the Hard Rock Café in Piccadilly announcing that they will be headlining the Sunday night concert at the Hyde Park Calling Festival on 3 July.
On the 9th, Pete again performs on In The Attic, premiering a new song from his The Boy Who Heard Music mini-opera, "Pick Up The Peace".
On the 17th, Roger is interviewed about the new Who album in Billboard: "[Pete] doesn't need to write another song. God almighty, all that music out of one head. But he seems driven at the moment, which is great because I've always felt that he was the kind of writer who would write his best stuff at the age he is now. His skills have caught up with his intellect."
On the 20th, The Kids Are Alright movie is released by Sanctuary in UMD format for the Playstation.
On the 22nd, Pete premieres two more songs destined for Endless Wire on In The Attic, "A Man In A Purple Dress" and "2000 Years".
On the 28th, Roger records his vocals for the "The Boy Who Heard Music" mini-opera for Endless Wire.
On the 29th, Pete premieres the song "Endless Wire" on In The Attic.
On the 30th, Roger joins Razorlight at the Teenage Trust Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and sings "Summertime Blues." Prior to that Roger receives a Lifetime Achievement award at the 22nd Radio Academy Awards held at the Café de Paris in London.
On the 31st, Johnny Was, with Roger playing a gangster named Jimmy, premieres at the Belfast Film Festival.
New album releases: Me and My Gang - Rascal Flatts; White Trash with Money - Toby Keith; St. Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley; A Girl Like Me - Rihanna
On the 1st, a Who Convention is held at Bush Hall in London. Roger shows up to join Simon Townshend for versions of "Substitute" and "Behind Blue Eyes."
On the 11th, Pete premieres a new song "Uncertain Girl" on In The Attic. He says Zak just finished recording the drum track. The song does not make it onto Endless Wire.
On the 18th, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoff release their CD Under the Covers, Vol. 1 featuring a cover of "The Kids Are Alright."
On the 25th, Pete's Eelpie company asks for submissions of "video-movie files, DVDs, videotapes or podcasts" for round-the-clock streaming on his website. It is tentatively called "OO-TV". The channel never launches.
On the 28th, The News & Star of Cumbria reports that a request by The Who to perform at Carlisle's Sands Centre on 18 June has been denied as the Centre is booked on that date for a karate championship.
New album releases: Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers; Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks; 10,000 Days - Tool; Eyes Open - Snow Patrol
On the 1st, Justin Kreuzman's documentary John Entwistle: An Ox's Tale is released on DVD in Japan and the U.K. The U.S. DVD release follows on August 22.