PETE TOWNSHEND DEEP END – ” Face The Face ” Record Store Day 2022

Posted: March 14, 2022 in MUSIC
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This show was recorded for the German TV series Rockpalast in Cannes in January 1986. Pete Townshend’s Deep End were touring in support of his solo concept album “White City: A Novel”. Several of the musicians that appeared on the album were featured in the line-up of the Deep End including Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on lead guitar.

The set list has tracks from the “White City” album, other Townshend solo tracks, Who classics, David Gilmour’s song “Blue Light” and a couple of surprises.

Pete Townshend is pleased to announce that Mercury Studios will be releasing on Record Store Day 2022, for the very first time on vinyl, his “Face The Face” album recorded live at MIDEM in Cannes in 1986 and broadcast live by Rockpalast, the German TV show. The album was previously released on DVD/CD in 2016.

The new 2 LP set is pressed on bright yellow vinyl and includes 14 songs from the concert. Pete’s band, Deep End, featured Pete on guitar and vocals backed by Peter Hope-Evans: harmonica, Chucho Merchan: bass, Simon Phillips: drums, John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick: keyboards, Jody Linscot: percussion and special guest, David Gilmour: guitar.

Also featured are the Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Pete Beachill and Dave Plews. Backing vocals are: Billy Nicholls, Ian Ellis, Chris Staines, Gina Foster and Coral Gordon.

The Who’s Pete Townshend also seems to be making a new solo album, We do not know yet if the new recording sessions are related to the production of these unreleased tracks or to the packaging of a new solo album. Over the weekend, Townshend was spotted in the studio with session bassist Guy Pratt (whose portfolio includes work with Pink Floyd, Madonna, The Smiths and more) and drummer Ged Lynch (a long time collaborator of Peter Gabriel). The former posted a photo of the trio on Twitter, writing: “To say the last couple of days recording has been beyond magical would be an understatement.”

2021 would have been the 50th anniversary of the “Who’s Next” album and a good opportunity to do a box set and to have conversations about it. But we missed it for obvious reasons. And so in 2022, there is a box set and the box set is to some extent being perfumed by the fact that I’ve been working with a guy called Jeff Krelitz on a “Lifehouse” graphic novel, and we’re hoping that that will come out around the same time.

After 26 years, Pete Townshend has parted ways with his residence in Richmond, London, leaving behind his home studio.

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