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January 2006

New music releases: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Panic! at the Disco; High School Musical - Original Soundtrack; Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys; "What Hurts the Most" - Rascal Flatts

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.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

On the 5th, John Entwistle is written up for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in an entry penned by Patrick Humphries.

Mojo Feb 2006

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.

Psychoderelict UK DVD

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.

Ian Brusby CD

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.

Ayatollah Now Playing CD

On the 24th, Ayatollah releases his CD Now Playing. On "This Song Is Over" he samples "Song Is Over."

February 2006

New music releases: "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean; "SOS" - Rihanna; "Better Together" - Jack Johnson; Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae

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."

Richard Thompson box set

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.

Roger Daltrey and Joaquin Phoenix

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 Life House project 35 years before.

Who Star Pete Bust My Nose

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.

March 2006

New music releases: "How to Save a Life" - The Fray; "Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley; "Naïve" - The Kooks; "It's Goin' Down" - Yung Joc

On the 1st, 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.

April 2006

New music releases: "Promiscuous" - Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland; "Dani California" - Red Hot Chili Peppers; I'm Not Dead - P!nk; Me and My Gang - Rascal Flatts
2006 London Who Convention

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.

Under The Covers, Vol. 1

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 26th, Pete announces that the Who mini-opera has changed its title from "The Glass Household" to "Wire & Glass". On his girlfriend Rachel Fuller's webcast In The Attic, Pete announces the upcoming release of an 11-minute version is the "short" version. The full-length "mini-opera" will be on the album. He also performs "Barefootin'" with guest Chris Difford of Squeeze.

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.

May 2006

New music releases: Eyes Open - Snow Patrol; "Hey There Delilah" - Plain White T's; Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers; "Maneater" - Nelly Furtado
An Ox's Tale DVD

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.

The Who in Denmark Norway and Finland

Also on the 1st, Olle Lundin and Kjell Malmberg publish their follow-up to The Who in Sweden, The Who in Denmark & Norway & Finland.

On the 8th, Roger performs at Arsenal Stadium in Highbury during ceremonies marking the last football game played at the stadium. In honor of his favourite team playing his favourite stadium, Roger sings a song he has written for the occasion called "Highbury Highs".

RD Crusaders 2006 press photo
Photo: Tim Clarke

On the 10th, Roger joins Lulu and Robert Plant performing with the band RD Crusaders headed by Daily Express owner Richard Desmond at London's Old Billingsgate Fish Market. Roger performs "My Generation" and "Shout". Kevin Spacey and Mohamed Al Fayed are in the audience. £1.9 million is raised for The Evelina Children's Hospital Appeal.

On the 14th through the 20th, Pete pulls some poetry, or what he calls "lyric guides", out of the attic to share with readers of his website. The titles are "Are You God?", "Two Thousand Years", "More Misery", "I Lose The Thread", "Homage to Picasso", "I Want to Get Through The Fall", "Time to Think", "I Lost Interest", and "There is Something In My Food". Their composition dates from 1999 to 2004.

On the 19th, the Tommy and Quadrophenia Live DVD is awarded 3-times multi Platinum status by the RIAA.

The Who Live From Toronto DVD

On the 23rd, The Who: Live From Toronto DVD from the December 17, 1982 concert is released in the U.S.

On the 24th, in a cover story, The National Review declares "Won't Get Fooled Again" the greatest conservative rock song of all time. In response, Pete says on the 27th that the song has no party-allied political message, "a song that pleaded 'leave me alone with my family to live my life, so I can work for change in my own way.'"

On the 26th, Pete announces that recording on The Who's new album Endless Wire has been completed.

Rachel's In The Attic does a tribute to the movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Pete is shown in session recording "Trilby's Piano" for Endless Wire and on the show playing "Here For More" and "Sheraton Gibson". The show ends with the cast recreating the underwater "tiger shark" sequence with Pete in the Bill Murray role.

June 2006

New music releases: "Chasing Cars" - Snow Patrol; "Life is a Highway" - Rascal Flatts; Loose - Nelly Furtado; "The Diary of Jane" - Breaking Benjamin
The Who rehearse 5 June 2006

The 1st is the first day of rehearsals for The Who's new set at Bray Studios in Windsor. According to keyboardist John Bundrick, 8 or 9 songs are rehearsed after lunch and a long nostalgic reunion. Rehearsals continue through the 5th.

On the 7th, The Who sneak their new show into Knebworth House in Herfordshire to perform at "Hedgestock", a day long private festival for hedge fund managers. $3.4 million is lifted from their pockets for the Teenage Cancer Trust before the mortgage collapse takes the rest.

The Who Hedgestock cartoon

Also on the 7th, The Gangster Rabbi releases his album Jewish Pirate featuring a truncated cover of "A Quick One While He's Away" called "Ivor The Engine Driver".

On the 8th, BBC Radio 2 premiers "Mirror Door", from the new Wire and Glass EP.

On the 10th, the short-lived video service is launched by Pete. It will carry live video of The Who in performance during many dates on their European tour.

06-06-13 Who rehearsal
Photo: Ross Halfin

On the 13th, 6200 people watch the webcast of In The Attic showing The Who rehearsing at Bray Studios. In addition Pete and his girlfriend Rachel Fuller perform "Sunrise".

The Who at Leeds 2006

On the 17th, Pete and Roger return to Leeds University, first for the unveiling of a Civic Trust plaque commemorating their 14 Feb. 1970 performance that became the Live at Leeds album. Afterwards The Who open their world tour in performance at the same refectory where they had played 36 years before. The Wire and Glass mini-opera gets its live premiere as well as the new song "Mike Post Theme." The audience in the packed auditorium swelters in the June heat. Spitfire Films shoots the show in HD but it remains unreleased.

Pete Townshend Brighton 2006
Photo: Ross Halfin

The U.K. leg of the tour continues at Brighton Centre on the 18th, the O2 Wireless Festival in Leeds on the 25th and the Ashton Gate Football Stadium in Bristol on the 28th.

On the 30th, The Who jump the channel to perform at the Werchter Festival in Werchter, Belgium.

July 2006

New music releases: "SexyBack" - Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland; "Face Down" - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus; Undiscovered - James Morrison; These Streets - Paolo Nutini
The Who Hyde Park 2006
Photo: Max Nash

The Who start the first full month of the Endless Wire world tour performing at the Hyde Park Calling Festival in London on the 2nd. Throughout this month's touring selections from the concerts are webcast on as well as In The Attic presentations from an Airstream van accompanying the tour.

The Who in Liverpool 2006

After that the U.K. tour takes them to the Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire (3rd), the Liverpool Docks (5th & 6th), the Oxegen Festival in Dublin (8th) and the T in the Park Festival in Balado, Scotland (9th).

On the 7th, The Times (London) reviews the Who's new mini-opera EP Wire and Glass: "It's all faintly preposterous. But there's something great about it too; something noble in Townshend's belligerent insistence that there's nothing the novel, say, can achieve that rock music can't. The only shame is that it's taken him so long to come up with new songs for The Who - despite the best efforts of the session bassist Pino Palladino, you miss the rococo rumble of Entwistle, who died in 2002. And while Townshend's playing is incendiary, 62-year-old Roger Daltrey's voice has inevitably lost some of its range and power. Beggars can't be choosers, though, and whatever the limitations of Wire & Glass, it's still way better than anyone had a right to expect."

On the 8th, Pete records an appearance on The Johnny Walker Show on BBC Radio 2. He performs "Let's See Action" and "Endless Wire".

Pat Long in the New Musical Express chimes in on the 11th: "It's a very familiar sounding song because it is them rediscovering the sound that made them famous in the early 70s. So I think no one will be surprised by it and a lot of people will feel very comfortable with it."

The Who in Bonn 2006
Photo: Achim Scheidemann

The Continental section of the tour opens at the Museumplatz in Bonn (11th) followed by the Treptow Arena in Berlin (12th). The next day Roger describes the latter venue as the worst place The Who ever played.

The Who Berlin presser 2006
Photo: Anita Bugge

On the 13th, Pete and Roger hold a press conference in Berlin that also shown live on Pete explains the long absence from recording with The Who: "When the Who stopped making records in 1982, I felt that I just couldn't do it anymore. I felt that what the Who had done was triumphant, huge, innovative, groundbreaking, massive, unsurpassable and that there was no reason at all, no way that I could ever come close again. It almost destroyed me. It destroyed one of the members of our band."

The Who in Locarno

The next day finds The Who performing at the Moon and Stars '06 Festival in Locarno, Switzerland. On the 15th, they play the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo.

On the 16th, The Guardian weighs in on Wire and Glass. "Clattering drums and an urgent vocal introduce the Who's first new music in yonks, pitched somewhere between Tommy and Quadrophenia. That's not surprising as the lyrics to 'Sound Around', the first of six vignettes making up this 11-minute maxi-single, were written in 1971. There is some preposterous story arc linking the parts of this mini-opera, but it needn't detain us. Previewed in the band's many shows this summer, this record contains one execrable rhyme ('peace'/'knees'), some top riffing and a sense that Townshend and Daltrey are fully engaged in making worthwhile music. The theme tunes for umpteen series of CSI are sorted."

On the 17th, Wire and Glass is finally released to the public as a download on iTunes U.K. On the same day Crosbi releases their CD single "Helayou" featuring a cover of "Substitute".

The Who at Paleo 2006

The Who continue on to France playing the Theatre Antique in Vienne (17th) and the Amnéville Arena in Metz (18th), to Switzerland for the Paléo Festival in Nyon (20th), to Austria for Das Lovely Days Festival in St. Pölten (22nd) and Germany to play the Münsterplatz in Ulm (23rd).

Wire and Glass single

On the 24th, Wire and Glass has a limited released on CD and 12-inch vinyl in Europe on Polydor. E! reviews the EP giving it a B. "Surprisingly, despite the deaths of drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, this release sounds more like the classic Who than the group's last album, 1982's It's Hard. Sure, Daltrey's voice has lost a bit of its luster and the storyline is totally confusing, but Townshend, who's had some troubles of his own lately, sounds like he's having the time of his life."

The Who in Madrid 2006
Photo: Bru Garcia

A show on the 26th in Barcelona is cancelled but The Who make it to the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad in Madrid on the 27th, which Pete calls the best show of the European leg, followed by the Pabellón Príncipe Felipe in Zaragoza, Spain. With this show, Pete has to cancel live streams of The Who performing because Roger and Pete's own music publisher have insisted that they be paid.

August 2006

New music releases: "Before He Cheats" - Carrie Underwood; "Rockstar" - Nickleback; Back to Basics - Christina Aguilera; The Ultimate Luther Vandross - Luther Vandross
Kim and Ian McLagen
Photo: Todd V. Wolfson

On the 2nd, Keith Moon's ex-wife, Kim Kerrigan Moon McLagen, is killed in a traffic accident in Eastern Travis County, Texas. That same day Moon The Loon, a play written by Chas Early (who plays Keith) and Martin Keady and partially concerned about Keith and Kim's problematic marriage, opens at the Edinburgh Festival.

On the 7th, site that had streamed Who concerts the previous month is taken down, collapsing from a combination of server costs, music rights costs and disagreement between Pete and Roger.

On the 8th, The Who's new EP "Wire and Glass" is listed at #58 in the German charts, #83 in Switzerland and #31 in Austria. On the 17th, it hits #39 in New Zealand.

Two Sides of The Moon Deluxe Edition

On the 15th, Robbie Basho's 1969 album Venus In Cancer is re-released on CD in the U.S. with quotes from Pete in the liner notes. A 2 CD Deluxe Edition of Two Sides of the Moon is also released featuring many of the outtakes from Keith Moon's various attempts at solo recordings.

Bargain Music American Born

The group Bargain Music covers the rare Who B-side "I've Been Away" on their CD American Born.

On the 24th, Hamish at Pete Townshend's site says Pete has finished mastering the new Who album. Billboard announces the new Who album's title will be Endless Wire and it will be released Oct. 31 on Universal Republic.

September 2006

New music releases: FutureSex/LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake; "Welcome to the Black Parade" - My Chemical Romance; "When You Were Young" - The Killers; Sam's Town - The Killers

On the 1st, actor Jason Statham tells reporters he wants to play Roger Daltrey in a bio-pic. "I like Roger Daltrey...He was brilliant in McVicar. If I could sing like him, I'd probably have a different career. He's got a great voice. If they do a biopic, maybe they'll choose me. That'll be nice."

On the 6th, The Who assemble in New York and begin rehearsals for their Endless Wire North American tour. On the 10th, they hold a private run-through concert at the Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The Who in Philadelphia 2006
Photo: Tim Shaffer

The North American tour starts officially at the Wachovia Centre in Philadelphia on the 12th. In addition to the Endless Wire material performed in Europe, The Who add "Fragments" to the live set. The Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York follows on the 13th.

The 14th is a busy day. Pete and Roger appear at Sirius Satellite Radio headquarters in New York to announce the new The Who Channel on Sirius, then it's over to Late Night with David Letterman to appear at the end of the show with the two performing "Man in a Purple Dress." It is the first appearance by an entity called "The Who" on a continuing U.S. television show since The Who's explosive performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967.

Afterwards, Pete goes to his partner's Rachel Fuller In The Attic show at Joe's Pub in New York and performs a short acoustic set ending with "I'm One" performed by Pete with Rachel, Foy Vance and Martha Wainwright.

The tour picks up the next day (15th) at Scotia Place in Ottawa, Ontario followed by the TD Bank North Garden in Boston, Massachusetts (16th) and two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York (18th-19th).

The Who Observer cover 2006

Pete and Roger are on the cover of the Observer Music Monthly. The article details some of the problems Pete had getting Roger interested in songs built around his novella The Boy Who Heard Music.

The 20th is a non-performance day, but Pete and Roger are required on a New York rooftop for a session with photographer Ross Halfin. Ross reports Roger is in a bad mood, the result of a torn ligament in his shoulder.

Pete Townshend Chicago 2006
Photo: Mark Welsh

The Who continue on the next day (21st) at the PNC Bank Arts Centre in Holmdel, New Jersey followed by the Virgin Festival at the Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore (23rd), then the United Center in Chicago on the 25th. At the last date, Roger has to leave the stage for 15 minutes when his throat closes after an allergic reaction. Pete does "My Generation" solo.

The Who Des Moines 2006
Photo: Mary Chind

Roger is back the next day (26th) at the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

On the 28th, Rachel and Pete have another Attic Jam at the House of Blues in Chicago. On the same night, Pete joins Rose Hill Drive at the end of their set in Chicago, playing "Raise Your Hands" (their song) then jamming for 10 minutes on "Young Man Blues."

After the three-day break for the rest of The Who, the tour continues at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan (29th), then the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario (30th).

October 2006

New music releases: Back to Black - Amy Winehouse; "Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé; Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift; The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

On the 3rd, The Who's Endless Wire tour performs at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. On the same day Paul Moody reviews Endless Wire in Uncut giving it 3 stars out of 4. "Pretentious and portentious, but packed with spirit and a lacerating intelligence."

Pete Townshend Vancouver 2006
Photo: Ozzie

Continuing across Canada, The Who play the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary on the 5th, the Rexall Place in Edmonton on the 6th and the GM Place in Vancouver on the 8th.

Spiraling single sleeve

On the 9th, Spiraling releases a CD of their Christmas medley "Do You Hear What I Hear?/Baba O'Riley".

The Who in Portland 2006
Photo: Carrie Pratt

It's back to the States on the 10th at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Pete Townshend is interviewed in Billboard: "A lot of the songs either I excluded from presenting to Roger or that Roger passed on once he'd heard them. They don't actually make a particularly powerful record, but wow, they would make an extremely interesting record. So I might actually look at the possibility of putting out a solo record. But again, the only reason I would do that is if I felt I could support it."

Roger Daltrey Gold

Speaking of solo releases, the Roger Daltrey Gold CD is released in the U.S. on the 10th.

On the 11th, The Who are given the Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement Award in Live Music at the Vodafone Live Music Awards in London. Roger Taylor of Queen tells how heavily Queen was influenced by The Who's live performances and commiserated with Pete and Roger Daltrey on the pain of losing band members. Brian May calls The Who the greatest live band ever. The Who are not there of course, they are performing that night at the Key Arena in Seattle.

For the next couple of days after the end of the North American leg of the tour, Roger stays in the U.S. to shoot his appearance in the episode "Living Legend" for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Tea And Theatre CD

On the 14th, Billboard reviews The Who's new promo-only single "Tea & Theatre" / "It's Not Enough": "Rock radio longing for windmill power chords and old-school pyrotechnics will cringe, but triple-A should dig this intimate, wistful conversation between two legends just having tea."

On the 17th, Pete is interviewed by Jenny Eliscu in Rolling Stone. He causes a bit of a furor by saying: "I don't want to go out and see Bob Dylan. I don't want to go out and see the Stones. I wouldn't pay money to go see the Who, not even with new songs. I wouldn't pay money to go see Crosby, Stills and Nash. They fucking make me sick. When I say that, what I mean is I'm ageist about it." He later apologizes for his remarks.

On the 25th, Pete, Rachel and Roger were to have been interviewed on The Howard Stern Show. Pete walks out of the London studio before the interview when he hears one of Howard's regulars joking about Pete's 2003 child porn investigation. Rachel stays for a minute then leaves. Roger remains and talks to Howard for an hour. A few days later, Pete explains: "I decided not to join what was developing into a light-hearted inquisition of sexual subjects that cause widely felt discomfort when not seriously addressed."

On the 27th, Pete and Roger are interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Front Row.

The reviews for Endless Wire appear on the 27th. Rolling Stone gives it 4 out of 5 stars. "Daltrey and Townshend have made a record as brazen in its way and right for its day as The Who Sell Out and Tommy were in theirs." The Times also gives it 4 out of 5: "Unlike their later albums, though, it never tries too hard, never attempts to touch the Zeitgeist: it gets by on its self-deprecating, daffy charisma quite nicely." The Guardian gives it 3 out of 5: " never feel like you're being cravenly invited to wallow in nostalgia: all these elements are pressed into the service of something undeniably modern." The Independent provides only 2 stars: "...the energy seems dissipated through weak arrangements." while the Los Angeles Times ponies up 2½: "The album is inconsistent — sometimes impenetrable, sometimes enlightening — but always engaged."

On the 28th, Pete and Roger perform "Black Widow's Eyes" from Endless Wire on BBC-TV's Parkinson.

Ad for The Who at The Roundhouse 2006

On the 29th, The Who perform at The Roundhouse Main Space for the BBC Electric Proms in London.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey at Q Awards 2006
Photo: Dave Hogan

On the 30th, Pete and Roger attend the Q Awards at London's Grosvenor House Hotel where they receive the Legend Award.

Roger Daltrey and Harvey Goldsmith
Photo: Jon Furniss

Also that day, Roger attends a Music Industry Trust Award show in London fêting Harvey Goldsmith.

Endless Wire CD

Endless Wire, the first Who album of new music in twenty-four years, is released on the 31st. It peaks at #9 in the U.K.. and #7 in the U.S.

Pete announces on the 31st that long-time Who keyboardist John Bundrick will have to leave the tour to be by his wife of the past 26 years who is terminally ill.

November 2006

New music releases: Konvicted - Akon; Beautiful World - Take That; Daughtry - Daughtry; "Snow (Hey Ho)" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

On the 1st, Pete is interviewed on Rockline Radio about Endless Wire. On the 3rd, he and his partner Rachel Fuller stop into a Los Angeles Barnes and Noble to promote her new album.

Wire and Glass film

On the 4th, Wire & Glass, the animated film directed by Aubrey Powell that plays behind The Who during their live performances, gets its television premiere on VH1 Classics cable channel in the U.S.

The Who Hollywood Bowl 2006
Photo: Lori Shepler

That night and the 5th, The Who perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

In The Attic Los Angeles 2006
Photo: William Snyder

On the 7th, Pete and his partner Rachel Fuller have another Attic Jam at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles. Guest performers are Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, and the actress Minnie Driver.

Pete Townshend on tour 2006
Photo: William Snyder

The Who's North American Endless Wire tour continues on the 8th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California followed by the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California (11th), the Delta Center in Salt Lake City (13th), the Pepsi Center in Denver (14th), the American Airlines Center in Dallas (17th), the Toyota Center in Houston (18th), the Bank Atlantic Center in Miami, The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia (22nd), Borgata Casino in Atlantic City (24th), the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia (25th) and the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut (28th).

Yours truly at 1:17

On the 10th, Endless Wire receives Gold Record status from the BPI.

On the 14th, Pete announces that his long-running website will be folded into a new website involving both himself and Roger called

On the 18th, Endless Wire hits its U.S. peak at #7 on the Billboard charts. It also peaks at #2 on Billboard Rock Albums chart.

On the 23rd, CBS-TV airs the episode "Living Legend" of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation guest starring Roger.

On the 26th, BBC One airs The Who's 29 October return to The Roundhouse.

On the 27th, Yan Vagh releases the album U and Eye featuring a cover of "Pinball Wizard".

In The Attic Joe's Pub 2006

On the 29th, Pete and Rachel hold another In The Attic session at Joe's Pub in New York City. Sean Lennon performs and Jimmy Fallon hosts the show.

On the 30th, The Third of Never releases their album Moodring with a cover of "Let My Love Open The Door" with guest keyboards by The Who's own John "Rabbit" Bundrick.

December 2006

New music releases: "The Sweet Escape" - Gwen Stefani featuring Akon; "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" - Fall Out Boy; The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani; "What Goes Around... Comes Around" - Justin Timberlake
The Who St Paul 2006
Photo: Tom Sweeney

The Who's North American Endless Wire tour continues with shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut (1st), the TD Bankworth Garden (Fleet Center) in Boston (2nd), the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario (4th), the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan (5th), the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska (7th), the St. Paul XCel Energy Center (Arena) (8th) and the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio (11th).

Zak Starkey

On the 4th, Pete Townshend reports in his online diary that he offered Zak Starkey a permanent role as drummer for The Who but Zak turned him down.

On the 5th, Roger Matura releases his CD the Return of the CaveMan auf wiedersehen zukunft!? featuring a cover of "Substitute".

Japan Great Albums 2006

On the 6th, a limited edition box set of 16 mini-album CD's is released in Japan under the name The Who – Great Albums 1965-.

On the 7th, Roger's signature appears on advert in the Financial Times calling for copyright extention in Europe for musical works.

Pete Townshend Minneapolis Barnes and Noble
Photo: William Snyder

On the 8th, before The Who's show at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pete and his partner Rachel perform at a Barnes & Noble bookstore before a group of fans who brave the bitter cold. Speaking of cold, Roger catches one and he is forced to cut that night's concert short.

Simon and Pete Townshend
Photo: Ozzie

On the 9th, Pete and his brother Simon and Rachel Fuller perform at Martyrs in Chicago. Audience members pay between $50 and $300 to attend the In the Attic show with the top ticket allowing fans to meet Pete before the show. Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen is an early arrival, but Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders cancels at the last minute even after Martyrs' had switched to a vegetarian menu at her request.

On the 18th, Mark Linden O'Meara releases his comedy EP I Think I Need Therapy featuring a parody cover "My De-Generation".

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