In the past couple of years, the Who have found themselves between generations. They’ve been playing songs from throughout their 50-year career on the road, but the audiences, by Pete Townshend‘s estimation, have been skewing younger and younger. “When we started this tour, we were pleased that maybe 20 percent of our audience was under 30,” he tells Rolling Stone. “And the numbers have just increased. It just means we’re playing music to a new audience. Sometimes they’re familiar with it but mostly, if they’re familiar with it, they’re certainly not jaded by it. They’re not bored with it. They’re not looking for something new from it. They’re just taking it at face value and fitting it into the modern world in whichever way is pertinent, and that is fantastic to me as a performer but also fantastic to me as a writer.” This surge of interest from millennials has come at a surprising time for the group, which has, in recent years, been shining spotlights on particular points in its past. The Who have put out reissues of albums like Tommy and Quadrophenia with heaps of bonus tracks and performed concerts dedicated to particular LPs, such as their Quadrophenia… Read full this story
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