Pete Townshend’s Smashing Guitar Legacy

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The Who get explosive on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

On January 11, The Who revealed a symphonic 2019 North American arena tour, called “Moving On,” with 14 shows in the spring and the remainder in September and October.

The band’s longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, revealed that they also have “plans to do some stuff in the U.K.,” the first of which is a July 6 concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. (See the complete itinerary below.)

The Who will also record an album this year for release in the summer. On stage, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will be joined by familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by what the Jan. 11 announcement described as “some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.”

In their early years, The Who were known for frequently smashing – and breaking – their instruments at their concerts. Wait for it…

Related: Our 2016 review of The Who

Back in the day, the very talented David Skinner tickled the funny bone of the music business with his regular cartoons in the fondly remembered music trade magazine Record World. He has colorized one of his older drawings for Best Classic Bands in commemoration of this vital aspect of The Who’s legacy: smashing good shows.

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The Who 2019 Tour Dates (Tickets are available at here and here)

Spring Leg
May 7 / Van Andel Arena / Grand Rapids, MI
May 9 / KeyBank Center / Buffalo, NY
May 11 / Jiffy Lube Live / Bristow, VA
May 13 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY
May 16 / Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN
May 18 / Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center / Noblesville, IN
May 21 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre / Chicago, IL
May 23 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis / Maryland Heights, MO
May 25 / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia, PA
May 28 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI
May 30 / PPG Paints Arena / Pittsburgh, PA
June 1 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON

July 7 / Wembley Stadium / London, UK

Second Leg
Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN
Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI
Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA
Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY
Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA
Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL
Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX
Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO
Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State Univ. / San Diego, CA
Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Seattle, WA
Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC
Oct 23 / Rogers Place / Edmonton, AB

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

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David Skinner

David Ray Skinner was born and raised in Nashville, and he developed an interest in music and drawing at an early age. When he was still in junior high school, he co-founded a garage band called “Swamp Gas” and had his first cartoon published in the Nashville Banner. He studied art and journalism at Carson-Newman College and served as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper his junior and senior years. While at Carson-Newman, he also drew editorial cartoons for the Morristown Citizen-Tribune.

Skinner’s first job after college was at an East Tennessee weekly, where he worked as a reporter and editorial cartoonist and also contributed a weekly comic strip called “Tales of Space Helen.” In 1977, his love for art, design and music landed him in New York, where he became the cartoonist and, later on, Art Director, for Record World magazine. While at Record World, he did cartoons for such notables as Elton John, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Led Zeppelin, and Billy Joel. He spent his last few years in New York art directing Doubleday’s Literary Guild Magazine. At Doubleday, he created marketing treatments for books by writers such as James Michener, Peter Maas, Stephen King, and celebrities such as Candice Bergen, Dinah Shore and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

In 1984, Skinner moved to Atlanta and co-founded a design and advertising agency called Indelible Inc. In the early 90’s, Skinner became involved in various musical projects, including Johnny Cash’s Return to the Promised Land, for which he designed the logo and co-wrote the title track with Cash and Hugh Waddell. He also wrote and recorded the Civil War concept album, John Hunt Morgan: A Southern Legend, which was considered for Gettysburg College’s famed Lincoln Prize, an award given annually to a literary work focusing on the American Civil War.

In 2005, Skinner formed a marketing, design, illustration and advertising agency called Bridgital.Some of his more recent works include a 20-foot bas-relief sculpture over the entrance to the University of West Georgia’s new football stadium, jingles that have aired weekly on the Grand Ole Opry and a watercolor hanging on the office wall of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
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  1. JohnnyCNote
    #1 JohnnyCNote 23 May, 2016, 00:28

    Townshend has to be the most overrated guitar player who’s ever lived…

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    • fraz
      fraz 20 February, 2019, 19:43

      No way. He’s one of the most original, innovative, and unique guitar players. He invented the power chord, was among the first to use feedback, and his flamenco-style acoustic playing is second to none. Can he solo and shred like Eddie Van Halen? No, but Eddie Van Halen can’t play like Townshend either.

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