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photo: The Who in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Who recently had to cancel the rest of their tour dates due to Roger Daltrey's meningitis, but now they've announced the rescheduled dates for 2016.

The new dates for the NYC-area shows are March 3 at Madison Square Garden and March 19 at Prudential Center. Tickets for both are on sale now and if you already bought tickets for the previous date, those work too. If you can't make the new date, refunds are available.

Joan Jett was supposed to open initially, but there doesn't appear to be an opener billed at the moment. Updated dates are listed below...

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photo: The Who in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Who have been celebrating their 50th anniversary on tour this year, and sadly they've had to postpone all remaining dates, as Roger Daltrey was just diagnosed with meningitis. The band writes:

THE WHO today confirmed that they are postponing all remaining dates on their "THE WHO HITS 50!" North American tour. They had initially postponed FOUR shows on doctors orders after Roger Daltrey contracted a mystery virus. Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, but after extensive tests the seriousness of his condition became apparent when doctors diagnosed Roger as having viral Meningitis and prescribed a period of rest. The band apologize to fans and realize that the postponement will cause an inconvenience for ticketholders. It wasn't a decision taken lightly-THE WHO always give their fans 100% and were never going to compromise the show, but ultimately the band had no alternative but to postpone the tour.

Roger was particularly disappointed as he had been especially looking forward to the Teen Cancer America benefit in Los Angeles, a charity that he and THE WHO have worked tirelessly for. Thankfully he is already getting better and said, "We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis. I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year."

Pete Townshend added, "We are rescheduling all the shows for next Spring 2016. We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."

Get well soon Roger! The affected dates include NYC-area shows on 10/25 at Prudential Center and 10/26 at MSG. The band promises, "Tickets for the original dates will be honored for the new shows, which will be announced shortly." All affected dates are listed below.

If you haven't already, check out our pictures of their Austin show and review of their Forest Hills show from this past spring.

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Glastonbury 2015 (photo by @amandinechx)

Very little of what I remember happened after this point. #kanyewest #justinvernon

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The huge 2015 Glastonbury Festival went down over the weekend, and it was full of surprises. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon showed up twice, once during Kanye West's set and another time during The Staves. A guest came out during Patti Smith's set too, but not a musical one: it was the Dalai Lama. Though the Foo Fighters had to drop off due to Dave Grohl's broken leg, Florence and the Machine took over their headlining set and covered "Times Like These" as a tribute to them. (Much like The Killers did for Kings of Leon at Firefly the previous weekend, after lightning cancelled the latter's set.) The Libertines showed up to play a surprise set. And Lionel Richie played a hits-filled set to a huge crowd, stretching from Commodores faves like "Brick House" to "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long."

Oo what a feeling, when we're dancing on the ceiling #lionelritchie #glastonbury

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On Justin Vernon's appearance with Kanye, NME writes:

A pink flare lit up the sky above thousands of fans as acoustic guitars marked the introduction of 'FourFiveSeconds', and the lack of both Paul McCartney and Rihanna for that song suggested that there would be no guests during the set, but Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) was revealed to be providing backing vocals when smoke cleared during 'Lost In America' and 'Can't Hold My Liquor'. Vernon, dressed in black t-shirt and baseball cap with headphones on, was introduced by West as "one of the baddest white boys on the planet."
'Ye also led the crowd in a singalong of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and then called himself the "greatest living rock star" on the planet during his set, which The Who mocked during theirs. He also had some pretty hilarious subtitles of his lyrics on screen during BBC's broadcast of the festival:

As for Justin Vernon's appearance with UK folk pop band The Staves, he came out to sing "Make It Holy" off their 2014 album, If I Was, which he recorded and produced at his April Base Studios in Eau Claire. Watch a video of that, and a video of Kanye's full set (via Nah Right) below.

Part of Patti Smith's reason for bringing out the Dalai Lama was his 80th birthday. NME writes:

"We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet," she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury's Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. "I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday," said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.

The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. "Thank you, thank you," he said. "Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people's expression of warm feeling." He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. "These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you - more active!"

Video of Patti and the Dalai Lama, plus videos of the Libertimes, Florence covering the Foos, setlists and more, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

The Who at Forest Hills Stadium - 5/30/15 (photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
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The Who wrapped up the current leg of their 50th anniversary tour last night (5/30) in Queens at Forest Hills Stadium, the same place they played in 1971 before the venue stopped hosting concerts for decades (it stopped in the late '80s and began doing so again in 2013). It was their second NYC show on the tour after Barclays Center last Tuesday (5/26) and third in the area after hitting Long Island's Nassau Coliseum the week prior. They played an excellent set, but before that happened was another excellent set from their tourmates Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Joan Jett is a pretty great opener for The Who. Like that band, she's important, influential and still sounds relevant today, but her brand of punk/hard rock surely owes a thing or two to early Who. And she had no trouble getting their crowd going. Even if you've never actively sought out her music, just about anyone who's listened to classic rock radio can sing along to "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and her version of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (which, in a stadium full of Who fans, is pretty much everyone). At the same time, we got "Cherry Bomb" and "You Drive Me Wild" off The Runaways' 1976 debut album. Maybe those had a little less of the crowd singing, but they're classics of the early punk era and Joan still delivers them with the energy they demand.

After Joan's 11-song set, The Who took things back all the way to 1965, kicking off their set with "I Can't Explain." (It was almost the same setlist as Barclays Center -- we didn't get "A Quick One.") Like Joan, or maybe more accurately like fellow early seventy-something Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey just show absolutely no sign of slowing down. Roger mentioned on stage that they might not be able to do this for much longer, but it's hard to believe him. I wasn't around to see them in the '60s/'70s, but Roger Daltrey's still prancing around and swinging his mic and Pete Townshend's still windmilling that guitar just like all the old live footage. He tends to end the show with his guitar in one piece these days though. Not every band can successfully rock a stadium, especially one with 50 years behind them and only half of their classic lineup, but The Who can and they do it in a way that's genuinely enjoyable.

The Who in Austin in April (more photos by Tim Griffin)

Like they have been for about 20 years, Daltrey and Townshend are joined by Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey on drums, and they've also got Pete's younger brother Simon on guitar, Pino Palladino on bass, and three keyboardists. Tributes to Keith Moon and John Entwistle were shown on the stage's screen between sets, and they also had multiple montages with photos of the classic four-piece playing during certain songs. The spotlight was of course always on Pete and Roger, but it's also pretty fun to watch Zak Starkey do his thing. He's no Keith Moon, but some say he's better than Ringo.

The setlist was also almost flawless. It seemed a little unnecessary to include the dated '80s pop of "Eminence Front" with so many classics from the '60s and early '70s that could've been played, but other than that it was hit after hit. "The Kids Are Alright," "I Can See For Miles," "My Generation," "Bargain," "Love, Reign O'er Me," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me, Feel Me," the list goes on. For myself and so many other rock fans, these are foundational songs that are embedded in you for as long as you can remember. But aside from being rock history, they're also just great songs and it's pretty amazing that we still get to see them passionately performed by two of the guys who created them.

The Who and Joan Jett's tour picks back up again in late summer/early fall, and returns to the NYC-area on 10/25 at Prudential Center and 10/27 at MSG (tickets). We didn't get pictures of the Forest Hills show, but you can check out our pictures from the Austin show if you haven't already.

Zak Starkey also plays NYC two more times this week with his band Sshh. They open for reunited shoegazers Ride (whose lineup includes Zak's former Oasis bandmate Andy Bell) when that band's tour hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (6/1) (sold out), and they headline Santos Party House on Tuesday (6/2) (tickets).

The Who and Joan Jett's setlists and a video from Forest Hills, below...

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The Who @ Barclays Center - 5/26/15 (photo via Nikki Cummiskey)
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The Who have so many classic songs, that even if you think you are sick of them, they sound amazing when an arena full of people are singing them in unison. Some examples of the massive hits played were "Who Are You," "The Kids Are Alright," "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "You Better You Bet," "Baba O'Riley," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and "Eminence Front."

The Who didn't just play the same old boring setlist (which from my research looks like it varies a little bit for each show). They packed the set with hits, but they also played some lesser known tracks such as the mini-opera "A Quick One (While He's Away)," "Slip Kid," "Bargain," "Sparks," "Join Together," and "I'm One." [According2G]

The Who continued their 50th anniversary tour at Barclays Center last night (5/26), their first NYC stop on the tour and second in the area (they played Long Island's Nassau Coliseum last week). Like the other shows on the tour, it was filled with hits, and you can check out the full setlist and watch videos of them playing "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "The Kids Are Alright" and "I Can't Explain" below. Their tourmate Joan Jett opened, and her setlist is below too.

The Who and Joan Jett's tour has one more NYC show this week: Saturday (5/30) at Forest Hills Stadium (tickets). It returns to the area in the fall for shows at Prudential Center on 10/25 and MSG on 10/27 (tickets).

Check out our pictures from the Austin stop here. Videos and setlists from Barclays Center below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

The Who @ Frank Erwin Cener - 4/27/15
The Who & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Frank Erwin Center - 4/27/2015

Townshend was on, beginning with his windmill-accented guitar mandhandling on "The Seeker." He injected Live at Leeds prowess into "My Generation," and the palpable whiff of punk edging 1981's "You Better You Bet" ("our most recent hit," cracked Townshend) egged Daltrey to near vocal gnashing, and all without the apparent use of a teleprompter. The singer couldn't be reading the guitarist's original outpourings given that he often sings with his eyes closed. [Austin Chronicle]
The Who kicked off their 50th anniversary tour with support from Joan Jett earlier this month, and hit Austin this week for a show at the Frank Erwin Center. The review quoted above and the pictures in this post are from that show. Check out the hits-filled setlist, which included everything from "I Can't Explain" to "My Generation" to "Pinball Wizard" to "Bargain" to "Love, Reign O'er Me" and plenty more, below. Joan's setlist, also including hits like "Bad Reputation," "Cherry Bomb," "I Hate Myself for Loving" and more, is below as well.

The tour hits the NYC-area on May 20 at Nassau Coliseum, May 26 at Barclays Center, May 30 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, October 25 at Prudential Center and October 27 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all five shows are still available. Forest Hills tix here, and tix for the other four here.

Updated tour dates are listed, with more pictures and setlists, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Dogs On Acid

Dogs On Acid, the new-ish band with former Algernon Cadwallader members Peter Helmis, Nick Tazza and Joe Reinhart (also now of Hop Along) and former Snowing/Street Smart Cyclist/Glocca Morra member Nate Dionne, are currently prepping their debut album for Jade Tree, but in the meantime they're offering up a cover of The Who's 1966 classic "Substitute." It's a pretty straightforward take on it, but they give it their '90s-punk-inspired twist. Check it out -- it premieres below.

The song will appear on the upcoming Teenagers In Love compilation that comes out digitally on April 14 via Known Pleasure Records.

Dogs On Acid have a few upcoming shows (including Philly tonight, 4/1), which are all listed below. But unfortunately none in NYC. However, Joe will be here for two shows in May on Hop Along's tour, and Nate will be here that same month on the final Glocca Morra tour (with Greys and LVL UP).

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New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has much more than just jazz, returns this year for two weeks, April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. The lineup includes Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull (??), T.I., Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Dr. John (interpreting Louis Armstrong), Third World, Taj Mahal Trio, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Galactic ft. Macy Gray, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sturgill Simpson, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and more. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (1/13).

Full lineup below...

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Photo: Joan Jett w/ Alice Cooper in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, The Who are going on a 50th anniversary tour in 2015, and since we last spoke, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have been added as an opener, including on all five NYC-area dates. Those happen on May 20 at Nassau Coliseum, May 26 at Barclays Center, May 30 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, October 25 at Prudential Center and October 27 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all five shows are still available. Forest Hills tix here, and tix for the other four here.

Joan Jett is getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Lou Reed, Green Day and others, and she was recently honored in NYC by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper, Kathleen Hanna and others. Meanwhile, The Who just had to postpone two London dates this week due to Roger Daltrey's throat infection. Get well soon, Roger!

All dates (including other near-NY shows like Mohegan Sun and Atlantic City) are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis


LA trio DTCV are in the holiday spirit, having just released Noel Interdit, an EP songs of the season, including a Sabbath-y mashup of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" with Wham's "Last Christmas" that's pretty good (even if you're tired of bands covering that Wham song) and covers of The Who's "Can't Explain" and Johnny Hallyday's song that gives this EP its name. The whole thing is worth a listen and you can do that below. They've got more presents for you, too. DTCV's entire back catalog, including this year's very good Hilarious Heaven, are currently available as pay-what-you-want downloads at their website. The free downloads will end after the holidays.

DTCV are currently finishing up work on their next album, titled Uptime!, which will be out via Unsatisfied/Burger next year. They'll be touring this spring as well. No NYC shows have been announced yet but all dates are listed below.

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Tickets for The Who's 50th Anniversary tour, including 5 NYC-area shows -- Nassau Coliseum, Barclays Center, Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Prudential Center and Madison Square Garden -- go on AEG/Radio/Venue/Ticketmaster presale today (10/16) at 10 AM. Use the password: WHO50. (You can use PINBALLWIZ for Forest Hills show.) The general on-sale starts Friday (10/17) at 10 AM.

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The Who will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015...by going on tour. "The Who Hits 50!" tour will include a few NYC-area shows: May 20 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, May 26 at Barclays Center, May 30 at Forest Hills Stadium, and then on the fall leg of the tour, NJ's Prudential Center on October 25 and Madison Square Garden on October 27. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale October 17, 2014 at 10 AM with a fan club presale starting Saturday (10/11) at 10 AM and a Citi cardmember presale starting Monday (10/13) at 10 AM.

For the Forest Hills show, The Who will return "nearly 44 years after their first performance at the venue - they will open the stadium's 2015 concert season."


All tour dates are listed below...

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The ongoing Simpsons "Greatest Guest Stars" action figure line is adding Aerosmith, Tom Jones, Weird Al Yankovic, Elvis Costello, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin to the growing collection. This "fourth wave" of characters will be available in October, and can now join Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Tony Hawk, Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and R.E.M. in your display case.

The Who at Barclays Center, Nov. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, LIC Bar in (you guessed it) Long Island City was crushed by the storm. Luckily The Who was there to help. Now the bar is returning the favor:

After The Who donated more than $3,000 worth of sound equipment to help a Queens music venue get back on its feet following Superstorm Sandy, LIC Bar is now returning the favor by putting on a show to benefit the legendary rock group's charity.

The concert on Saturday will feature a tribute band and will raffle off a guitar signed by Pete Townshend to raise money for Teen Cancer America, which The Who launched in 2011.

"This is a show to let The Who know how grateful we are for their help," said the venue's owner, Brian Porter, 44. "It's still hard to believe rock icons came to our aid." -[NY Daily News]

Tickets are on sale for the show which happens Saturday (2/23) and features tribute act Who's Next. Coincidentally, the band has the night off that night and their tour hits Atlantic City the night before.

As mentioned, The Who play tonight (2/21) at Nassau Coliseum and one week from today (2/28) at MSG with Elvis Costello.

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The Who @ Barclays Center, 11/14/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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The Who and Elvis Costello & The Imposters have been tapped to play a benefit concert happening at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on February 28. Tickets ($125 - $1000) go on presale Friday morning (2/1) at 10 AM (presale code: "THEWHO") with the regular on-sale happening Saturday (2/2) at 10 AM.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Teen Cancer America & Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center this February.

The Who have been through NYC a few times in the last year, most recently at the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit at MSG in December.

by Andrew Sacher

Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.

Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.

Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."

But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Videos and setlist from last night are below...

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As mentioned several times, tonight is the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG with countless notable performers, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.

If you didn't get tickets for the event, you're not alone, but you'll have many chances to view the "widely distributed event" from the comfort of your own home. The concert's website has a full list of the websites (YouTube, MSG.com, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Vevo, many more), US television channels (MSG, HBO, IFC, many more), international television channels, and movie theaters (many of which are in NY and NJ) that will be live streaming the show. Theaters in NYC and Brooklyn include Clearview's ChelseaCinemas (260 West 23 St) and National Amusements' Linden Boulevard (2784 Linden Blvd).

You can head below to check out the list of sites, TV channels, and theaters...

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Svarttjern at Inferno Festival

Its been quite a ride for me personally and as a photographer in 2012. I've had the distinct honor to cover some of my favorite bands in the world this year, including legends and favorites that vary as widely as Morrissey (HERE), New Order (HERE), Autopsy (HERE and HERE), Godflesh (HERE), Dead Can Dance (HERE), Swans (HERE), Jesus & Mary Chain (HERE), Chain of Strength (HERE) and many many more.

But I'm also very interested in the new, and 2012 afforded me the ability to shoot great younger bands like Terrible Feelings (HERE), Whitehorse (HERE), White Lung (HERE), Milk Music (HERE), Nude Beach (HERE) and loads more. Its been a great year, and though I still have some shooting left in the tank for 2012, here are my favorites as of right now along with brief blurbs on why . We'll start with the above photo....

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We were wondering... and now here we go:

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company announced today that Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder will be joining the esteemed lineup of artists of the "12-12-12" concert on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Tickets to this one-night-only special event will go on sale on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12 p.m. (ET). The all-star lineup includes, Jon Bon Jovi who will now be performing with Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who, with other top artists to be announced. The concert will be presented by Chase.
No Rolling Stones. And:
Tickets for "12-12-12" will go on sale Monday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET through Ticketmaster phones, outlets and www.ticketmaster.com, www.thegarden.com and www.radiocity.com. Tickets will be available at a variety of price levels. Ticketmaster has generously agreed to waive its ticket service charges. VIP packages will be made available through the Robin Hood Foundation. Information on those packages is available by contacting The Robin Hood Foundation at 212-844-3564.
And because I know everyone really cares, Bon Jovi is also playing a benefit at Best Buy Theater in NYC on December 5th.

UPDATE: Ticket info is now announced


... still hasn't been released UPDATE: Ticket info is now announced,.... though: "The producers of the event are working feverishly to finalize details regarding the concert" and they "hope to have more ticket information later today."

The new information may also include new artists added to the already impressive lineup of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who and Kanye West.

The 12/12/12 NYC show is right between when the Rolling Stones play Barclays Center and Prudential Center, so naturally rumors are already brewing. Stay tuned for more information as it is released.

Chris Stamp, Pete Townsend and Kit Lambert (L to R)
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On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launched the group's success -- as a man "without whom we wouldn't be the band we were."

Stamp -- who not only co-managed The Who with the late Kit Lambert but also co-founded the group's Track Records label and executive produced most of its albums and film projects starting in 1968, died from cancer on Saturday at the age of 70 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. -[Billboard]
Besides The Who's crucial earlier days, Stamp's Track Records is responsible for the release of of the landmark The Jimi Hendrix Experience LP Are You Experienced?, Thunderclap Newman's Hollywood Dream, the self-titled debut from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and more. He leaves behind a wife of 22 years, two married daughters and grandchildren. (His brother is actor Terrence Stamp.) Goodbye Chris Stamp, you left an indelible mark of rock as we know it.

The Who at Barclays Center on 11/14/12, (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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The previously mentioned Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Madison Square Garden will happen on 12/12/12, and includes an impressive bill of stars. They are Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney (who asks that you don't eat turkey), The Who (who played Barclays last night, pics) and Kanye West. Ticket info is on the way, but proceeds from the show will benefit the Robin Hood relief fund, and there will be a telecast.

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

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The Who are out performing their classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia on a tour that came to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night (11/14), the first of five NYC-area dates that stretch into the new year (actually six if you count the just-announced Sandy benefit). Tickets are still on sale for those other shows, and pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show are in this post. .

Someone at the Greensboro show wrote:

"Concluding Quadrophenia with a stellar "Love Reign O'er Me," the encore was a string of greatest hits which ignited the crowd. "Baba O' Reilly" had the whole coliseum on it's feet reliving teenage wasteland days. Next, Townsend's guitar laid out the opening notes to "Pinball Wizard" and Daltrey seized the vocals. Daltrey was excellent on the classic "Behind Blue Eyes" while manhandling an acoustic guitar. "Who Are You" rocked the place once more before bringing the house down with "Won't Get Fooled Again." As scenes from 9/11 flashed on the video screens the power and emotion of the music could not have been clearer." [CL]
Full NYC setlist and more pictures, opener Vintage Trouble included, below...

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Smashing Pumpkins

As mentioned, Smashing Pumpkins were forced to reschedule a few of their dates due to Hurricane Sandy, and now they've finally got a new date set for their postponed Brooklyn show which would have happened at Barclays Center on Halloween. The band will now play Barclays Center on December 10. Morning Parade will open and tickets are still available and all tix for the original date will be honored. Updated Smashing Pumpkins dates (including the rescheduled Mohegan Sun [12/2] date and a Susquehanna Bank Center [12/8] show in Camden, NJ) are listed below.

Meanwhile, on Monday (11/12) the new Brooklyn arena hosted a Justin Bieber show. We swear we tried, but unfortunately things didn't work out and we couldn't make it to that one, but the Daily News was there to witness the Biebs soar through the air in huge angel wings.

The Who play there tonight (11/14), for what will be their first of five NYC area shows on their tour performing Quadrophenia in full for its 40th anniversary. The other NYC area shows happen on 12/5 at MSG, 12/6 at Prudential Center in NJ, 12/9 at Mohegan Sun in CT, and 2/21/13 at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. Tickets for all five shows are still available.

Updated Smashing Pumpkins dates are listed below...

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Pete Townshend at Barnes & Noble Union Square (via @Griffin Lotz/RollingStone.com)
Pete Townshend

The Who's Pete Townshend came to NYC this week in support of his new memoir, Who I Am, making appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and NYPL on Monday (10/8), at Barnes & Noble in Union Square yesterday (10/9), and then on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon later that night (the same episode that Jens Lekman was the musical guest on). That's a picture of him performing at Barnes & Noble above, where he played "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Drowned" after a 45-minute interview. He also performed at his NYPL appearance, playing "Drowned" and "I'm One." Rolling Stone attended the B&N show and they report:

Townshend also opened up about the difficulty he's faced continuing the band after John Entwistle's death in 2002. "We feel the ghosts of Keith and John," Townshend said. "The second phase of the Who in a sense was really when we started to tour again around the year 2000, 2001. We were still able to evoke the sound, particularly with Zak Starkey. Now it's much more difficult even though Zak's there. John's sound was very big and rich and organic. When John died, there was a hole in the sound onstage and I was able to grow into that and find space. And I have to say as a guitar player, I prefer working without John. But as a member of the Who creating the incredible, powerful, driving, visceral sound, he's gone. I can't really do that again."

At one point, Wenner asked Townshend why he hasn't made a solo album in 20 years. "I write lots of music, I record lots of music. I probably write a song every couple of days," he said. "I have a very big archive of unfinished material."

Currently, Townshend is working on the musical project Floss, which he said he is about two-thirds finished, which he described as "a story with music, characters, a Aristotelian plot line very different from what I've done in the past. . . . The thesis is we're all terrified. We're living in terror, we're living in anxiety, discomfort and the fear that we have is for the future, the fear for our children's future, we're worried about the planet, we're worried about terrorism, being able to sustain life as we love it, we're afraid we can't guarantee peace."

Townshend said he loves Lady Gaga and constantly listens to music. "I just kind of surf Spotify and last.fm and iTunes and stick it on my iPhone. I listen to a lot of new music." He added that he predicted digital downloads "back in 1985 and before that in 1971. I knew there the digital revolution would change the way art happens and is made and is sold and we're not finished yet."

You can check out videos from his interviews on The Daily Show and Fallon, and his performance "Drowned" from the NYPL show below. You'll notice in the Daily Show video that when Pete walks out, Jon Stewart's house band plays a clip strikingly similar to the second half of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Neither Pete or Jon acknowledge it, but it's a pretty ironic move considering Pete never liked Zeppelin's music (though he does think they're great guys).

The Who are taking their Quadrophenia tour to the NYC area for four shows in November and December.

Videos are below.

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