New line up, new mixes, new era…

In Simon's Blog by Simon Townshend

Tonight in Milan is the last Who show before the Santa Barbara Bowl, the big desert trip (Coachella) and Mexico shows in October. Before that I’m releasing, Looking Out Looking In and Denial (my last two US releases) in the UK on my new label, Stir Records. They have been remastered at Abbey Road, with Denial also being completely remixed. Both albums have new bonus tracks and some cool additions including new artworks and liner notes done by none other than Pete Townshend and Eddie Vedder. Eddie also added his vocal to She Asked Me and Pino Palladino has laid down an amazing new bass line on it too. Danny Thompson and Mark Brzezicki recorded new double bass and percussion parts respectively to a new acoustic version of I’m The Answer with lead vocal by Eddie Vedder. It has been really lovely to work with these guys, especially such a great experience to work with my old friend Eddie at his incredible home studio in Seattle.


By way of promotion, I’m doing a Q&A style acoustic show with guest host writer Pat Gilbert, from Mojo Magazine, at Home House in London on the 28th Sept. Following this I am performing a full band show at The Islington on the 30th Sept. For the latter, usual suspect Phil Spalding will be on bass, joined by my eldest son and former STB / Animal Soup member, Ben Townshend on drums. Mike Wilton, guitarist / songwriter of The Standard Lamps is playing lead guitar… A new line up for a new era. For anyone interested, here is a ticket link:

You’ll be able to pick up the new CD’s there exclusively ahead of official release date (14th Oct 2016). If you can’t make it along but want to buy the new product, watch this space as I will be posting up a pre-order link to all main outlets, Amazon, I-Tunes, etc very soon.

I hope to see some of you music nuts soon.