I’ve gotta admit that when this was sent to me in the mail I let out a soft groan, as I quietly thought to myself, “This is territory that Townshend and company have traveled upon far too many times already! Enough, already! Relegate it to the past…and leave itthere!”
With that thought in the front of my mind, I popped this disc into my machine. 90 minutes later I sat there still in awe of the sheer quality in both audio and visual, and still grinning from the plethora of genuinely entertaining interviews presented here.
Virtually everyone who had anything even remotely connected to the making of this seminal recording is presented here in interviews that both astounded and surprised me. I found Roger Daltrey’s comments to be especially insightful.
Even when my associate interviewed Daltrey ad nauseum about Tommy-and its aftermath-a few years ago, there was no mention by Daltrey about life for himself and his bandmates being “harder” as a result of its success. However, Daltrey makes it quite clear on this documentary that life was certainly no bed of roses for the band after the overwhelming rush of big bucks and bigger stadiums that Tommy unleashed in its stupendous, worldwide success.
The bonus material-eight songs from “Tommy” and some 1969 interview segments from the iconic German TV pop/rock show “Beat Club”-is nice, but IMHO adds nothing new or of particular interest for most Who fans to feast upon. Buy this for the comprehensive and fascinating interviews all of which, with the exception of the long-winded, almost boorish music critic Anthony Decurtis, are a sheer delight.
A native of Southern California, Shirley Pena began her career as a music journalist over a decade ago, writing for her websites "Stars In My Eyes:the Girlhowdy Website" and "La Raza Rock!" and progressed to creating various fan sites on Yahoo, including the first for New Zealand singer/songwriter Tim Finn.
From there, she became a free agent, arranging online interviews for Yahoo fan clubs with various music artists (Andy White, John Crawford, Debora Iyall, John Easdale, etc.). She also lent her support in creating and moderating a number of Yahoo fan clubs for various music artists from the 1990s-today.
As a music journalist, Shirley Pena has contributed to a number of magazines (both hard copy and online), among them:Goldmine, American Songwriter, the Fresno Examiner, The Blacklisted Journalist and UK-based Keyboard Player (where she was a principal journalist).
A self-confessed "fanatic" of 1960s "British Invasion" bands, Classic Rock and nostalgic "Old Hollywood ", she also keeps her finger on the pulse of current trends in music, with a keen eye for up and coming artists of special merit. Shirley Pena loves Los Angeles, and is thrilled to join the writing staff of The Los Angeles Beat!
Doors open 6pm, show starts 8pm. Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (949) 496-8930
A musical shootout showcasing music from two of rock's biggest bands. The PettyBreakers and The Boys of Summer perform their tributes to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Eagles. Info and tickets , (949) 496-8930 or www.thecoachhouse.com.
Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s BLOWIN’ SMOKE Rhythm & Blues Band Featuring The FABULOUS SMOKETTES
7-9:30pmBogie's Lounge, 32001 Agoura Rd., at the Westlake Village Inn
Bassist extraordinare "Fuzzy" Knight (Spirit, Ike Turner Revue) brings his blues and soul revue to Westlake Village. Read about them in the LA Beat here. Tickets: $10. Info: (818) 889-2394 or http://www.bogies-bar.com/.
Champagne on Main
11am-6:30pmMain Street, Downtown Ventura
A "Spring Wine Walk and Street Fair" returns with a street fair and live music. Champagne, chocolates, wine and craft beers will be featured at the walk between 3 and 6pm. Street fair: Free. Wine Walk: $50. V. I P. Chocolate Lounge $70. Info: (805) 628-9588. Purchase tickets at: www.champagneonmain.com.
12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival
10am gates open, 11am music startsStudio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo
Phantom Blues Band headlines, with Debbie Davies, Chris Cain, R.J Mischo, Michael John and The Bottom Line featuring Mikey Mo, Crooked Eye Tommy, Jim Gustin and Truth Jones. Tickets $30. (Pre-Sale), $40. (Day of Show). Kids 12 and under, free with paid Adult General Admission. V.I.P. Tickets $125. (online only). Festival proceeds benefits Food Share and other Ventura County area charities (please bring a food item to donate). Info: (805) 501-7122 or visit venturacountyblues.com/