The Who battle about webcasts

Published: 2006-07-31
It seems that two founding members of the Who cannot agree on whether or not to webcast shows from their upcoming tour.

On guitarist Pete Townshend's official website he posted a journal entry on July 24 saying that he and lead singer Roger Daltrey were not seeing eye to eye on the issue.

"I'm afraid that it looks very much as though after Zaragosa there will be no free webcasting of any more Who shows, or even segments of the shows, Live or streamed on demand. I may be able to post some segments of the shows in Rachel's In The Attic series, but only if we can work out some way to pay Roger for exhibiting (or should I say exploiting) his magnificent image and vocals."

He went on to say, "He seems to be unconvinced that the web has any real contribution to make to our career, and I am not going to spend any more time or money mortgaging my half of the stage - though I may webcast some Who shows and not show Roger at all. Only kidding. For now we have a famous Who stalemate."

He also asked fans to e-mail to help convince Daltrey that he was wrong on the issue.

The next day he posted again saying that he didn't want fans to think that Roger was completely against the project only that he had misgivings.

"The Who are well established as a classic rock touring war-horse. Webcasting the Who, whether Live or Pay For View, and donating profits (nor proceeds) to various causes, was entirely my idea. I was unable to share my plan properly with Roger prior to the tour because we were having such trouble meeting our recording deadlines. My feeling, still, is that webcasting allows us new ways to get our new music across that our traditional Live show does not. I have yet to convince Roger of this. Sadly, I announced my grand plans, and put them in action, before Roger really had a chance to digest what I was doing."
He went on to say that the webcasting was now off.

"So there seems to be no real problem. Why am I backing down on Who webcasting? It is simply that while on tour it is too much to carry on my own. I had hoped that Roger would fall more actively behind me, and we could secure a solid sponsorship deal that would make everything flow smoothly, and repay some of my initial investment. Roger has been recorded in the media several times saying that I benefit from publishing income while the Who are not touring, and that allows me greater personal, creative and financial freedom. This is true. But with no promise of any investment from inside or outside the Who I need to stand back now and review my commitment."

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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