Following the release of the highly acclaimed Quadrophenia box set, BBC 4 will be airing Quadrophenia… Can You See The Real Me? This is an in depth documentary about the making of the iconic album which will broadcast on 29th June at 9pm.
In 1969, Pete Townshend wrote Tommy, a rock opera that made The Who the biggest live band in the world. In 1971 he had a nervous breakdown trying to follow it up. By 1973 the band were broke, Keith Moon was struggling with alcohol and drug problems and Pete and Roger Daltrey were barely speaking. In a last throw of the dice Pete came up with a new concept for a rock opera and named it Quadrophenia. The story depicted a schizophrenic mod called Jimmy who was hell bent on a journey to insanity and back from London to Brighton throughout the Mod heyday of 1964.
Now, in his home studio and revisiting old haunts in Shepherds Bush and the Who’s old Ramport studio in Battersea, Pete Townshend opens his heart and his personal archive in this new film to revisit, in his words, ‘the last great album The Who ever made’. But in 1973 it was an album that almost never was. Beset by money problems, a studio in construction, heroin-taking managers, a lunatic drummer and a culture of extremely heavy drinking, Pete took on an album that nearly broke him. It was also an album that the band had turned their backs on within twelve months of producing.
This fascinating, new BBC documentary directed by Matt O’Casey will feature unheard studio recordings, unseen correspondence and photos, plus archive footage of their 1973 concert at Belle Vue, Manchester that has never previously been seen. There are also in depth interviews with Pete, Roger, photographer Ethan Russell, engineer Ron Nevison, Ramport Studio secretary Georgiana Waller, The Who’s manager Bill Curbishley and tour manager John Wolff.
‘Can You See The Real Me’ will be followed later that evening by ‘Quadrophenia The Movie’ and ‘The Who Live at the Electric Proms’.
Visit www.thewho.com and www.quadropheniaofficial.com for all info.
Black Eyed Peas To Headline Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show. While the headliners of the Super Bowl halftime show in recent years have had a median age of over 60 years old, this year’s show is thinking younger. The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning Black Eyed Peas will perform. The Black Eyed Peas’ performance on the Super Bowl halftime show, the most-watched musical event in television, is their first and is set to reach over 150 million viewers in the U.S. alone. The show is broadcast worldwide. They’ll perform a medley of hits, which is sure to include #1s like “I Gotta Feeling” and their latest, “The Time (Dirty Bit).” Their brand new album, “The Beginning,” hits stores Tuesday, November 30th. Included in the purchase of a copy of “The Beginning” is the chance to be a special guest of The Black Eyed Peas at the halftime show, airing live from Cowboys Stadium in North Texas during the Dallas Cowboys vs New Orleans Saints game. The Black Eyed Peas join a list of legendary acts who have headlined the half time show recently, including The Who, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, Paul McCartney, and the Rolling Stones. The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show, starring the Black Eyed Peas, airs Sunday, February 6th during the Super Bowl
Annie Nightingale’s to celebrate 40 years at BBC Radio 1. Annie Nightingale’s four decades at the station with night programmes dedicated to her outstanding broadcasting career. Since becoming BBC Radio 1′s first female DJ in 1970 Annie has been at the forefront of new and groundbreaking music in the UK, with a rare ability to move with the times and appeal to new audiences throughout the years. From Punk rock and New wave to Acid House and modern Breaks, Bassline and Drum & Bass, Annie has brought the music of hundreds of artists and bands to millions of listeners ‘ in her own irreverent style. Along with her status as BBC Radio 1′s longest serving presenter, Annie’s career has taken her on the road with some of the most iconic bands in history, including The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Police. She continues to travel all over the world to DJ at international clubs and festivals, and is known as Queen of the Breaks for her championing of breaks, bass, beats and mixes in her current weekly BBC Radio 1 show and beyond.
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