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Mid 1999, came the announcement that Pete Townshend, after 29 years in the making, would be premièring LIFEHOUSE in December on BBC Radio 3.
Though this started many REUNION and new LP rumors, the news article did say that "Townshend will sing the music himself, reworking most of the well-known Who numbers for the two-hour performance. There will also be unheard songs by The Who's composer and lyricist."
The WHO activity buzz picked up again in July, when it was announced that Platinum Records would be releasing the CD "Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit for Maryville Academy" on Sept 21, 1999. [A treatment center for abused and neglected children in the Chicago area, that he has performed an annual solo benefit show for the past 3 years.] On July 28th at The Supper Club in NYC and at the Chicago HOB on the 29th, Pete gave by-invitation-only press conferences. At each he promoted the CD release, played an "Acoustic" set with special guest Eddie Vedder, and announced that his next Chicago HOB show, Pete's last for Maryville Academy, would take place on November 13th. [Originally said to be Nov 19th] Pete also dropped the bomb shell that Roger & John have committed to join him & they will doing the complete show together. WHO REUNION
Press Party Set Lists:
7/28 Supper Club:
[Pete solo] Won't Get Fooled Again, Behind Blue Eyes, Drowned, Cut My Hair, Slit Skirt, I Put A Spell On You, Let My Love Open The Door, [Pete and Eddie] Heart To Hang On To, Let's See Action, Better Man, Til' The Rivers Run Dry, Sheraton Gibson, Magic Bus, I'm One (followed by a short reprise with Pete solo).
7/29 House Of Blues in Chicago.
[Pete Solo] Won't Get Fooled Again (electric), Behind Blue Eyes (acoustic), Drowned (acoustic), Cut My Hair (piano) , Let My Love Open The Door (acoustic), [Pete & Eddie Vedder] Heart To Hang Onto (both acoustic), Let's See Action (both acoustic), Betterman (Eddie acoustic, Pete electric), Til The Rivers All Run Dry (both acoustic), Sheraton Gibson (Eddie sang lead, Pete acoustic), Magic Bus (Eddie acoustic, Pete electric), I'm One (Eddie sang lead, Pete acoustic)
Happy to report that Zak Starkey was once again drumming for these guys!
Rumor had it that Pete and THE WHO were to have appeared at NetAid, and that scheduling conflicts forced them to cancel early on in the NetAid planning.
MGM GRAND, Las Vegas - October 29th, 1999
This was the mega launch party for Pixelon.com's new Internet video network. Proceeds from The Who's performance will go to charity. Dubbed "iBash '99" the event was broadcast live over the Internet via Pixelon's and VH1's sites. Though the event featured numerous artists like the Dixie Chicks, Sugar Ray, KISS, Brian Setzer, THE WHO was the headliner!
complete ibash details
Performance released on DVD in 2003/2004!
Shoreline, Mountainview CA - Oct 30 & Oct 31, 1999
Neil Young's 13th Bridge School Benefit Concert took place Halloween weekend at the Shoreline Amphitheater. Among the many performers was THE WHO - Pete, Roger, and John, with Zak Starkey and John "Rabbit" Bundrick. These were ACOUSTIC shows (as all the Bridge shows are)!! The Who Unplugged!!
complete Bridge Benefit details
House of Blues, Chicago IL -Nov 12 & 13 1999
Pete had performed solo benefit shows on Maryville's behalf in 1996, 97, and 98. This time, for the [at the time announced as] final benefit show, it would be the full blown, back to basics Who - Pete, Roger, John, Zak Starkey, John "Rabbit" Bundrick.
complete Maryville Academy details
The Who returned to the UK, and performed two special Christmastime concerts
at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London - Dec 22 and 23rd.
Complete Shepherd's Bush details
These shows, as well as the Maryville HOB performances were recorded, and the
results were released on an 'internet only' CD entitled The
Blues to the Bush
Who related sections on Kathy's Zak Starkey Site:
Quad Hyde Park and MSG * Quad USA '96 * Quad Europe '97 * Quad USA '97
Who's Serious? * Daltrey Sings Townshend * Who convention '95
Pete's Olivier Award Party * John Entwistle's The Rock * Pete's 98 solo gigs
* Who 1999 shows * The Who 2000 * Tony Ashton Testimonial Show
* The Who 2001 * The Who 2002 * The Who 2003 * The Who 2004 *
* The Who 2005 * The Who 2006 *The Who 2007 *
* The Who 2008 *The Who 2009 *The Who 2010 *The Who 2011*
* Kathy's Simon Townshend Pages *
** Note that the original incarnation of
Pete's Official Website (launched Oct 1999) was shut down by Pete on Jan 28,
retail site - Eelpie.com
remained up and running and assumed some of the announcement duties.
www.petetownshend.co.uk (.com) was re-launched on June 10, 2002, with a WHO section in his "projects" area of the site, and once again became the official outlet for Who Tour and Release info, stories, pictures, sounds and video. At this time, most all of the "Pete's official site" content referenced on my pages for 2000 through early 2002, cannot be viewed at eelpie.com or the new petetownshend/who site , although an archive of former pt.com materials was said to have been in the works.
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Created: September 17, 1999
Copyright © 1999 - Kathy VanTassell