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GAC
11-02-2006, 07:34 AM
It was released on Tuesday. If I am out and about today I plan on getting it. It's been 24 years since the last album (It's Hard) of new Who songs.

"Endless Wire" features a number of tracks based on Townshend's online novella "The Boy Who Heard Music." It also includes a 10-song mini-opera, "Wire and Glass," centred around the rise and fall of fictional band the Glass Household

I read yesterday that Townsend was researching and writing the material for this album when he was "popped" for visiting those child porn sites.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Endlesswirecover.jpg

MrCinatit
11-02-2006, 07:48 AM
Thanks for the reminder, GAC...Napstering it now*

*reminder, Napster is now legal.

GAC
11-02-2006, 09:09 AM
Gees... I never realized that Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) has been playing with the Who for about the last 10 years, and has been the full-time drummer for The Who since their 1996 Quadrophenia Tour. That's wild!

http://www.nrk.no/img/180940.jpeg

Keith Moon and Zak, who was an early influence on him, and also bought him a set of drums, along with a few lessons to boot.

http://www.drumhouse.com/newspic/the_who_Keit_Zac.jpg

Does he look at all like his Dad in this pic? Wow!

http://www.rockandmetal.com/images/zakstarkeypic.jpg

minus5
11-02-2006, 09:20 AM
Zak played drums for Joe Walsh the last time I saw him...at least 10-12 years ago. Good drummer. Great show.

Unassisted
11-02-2006, 09:20 AM
Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) is the drummer on this album.

I had thought Kenney Jones was still The Who's drummer, but Wikipedia set me straight. Kenney left the band in 1988.

I'm far too young to have an 18 year-old misconception. My only consolation is that Kenney was the drummer on their last CD.

GAC
11-02-2006, 09:33 AM
I guess he was/is the drummer for the band Oasis too, and is a very sought after studio drummer.

My age is showing. I remember when he was born. :lol:

GAC
11-02-2006, 09:52 AM
Anyone ever get the chance to listen to "In The Studio" with Redbeard. It's a radio show out of Dallas. I listen to it every Sunday night on 104.7 out of Dayton. He has some really great shows/interviews on classic rock bands and the ins and outs on the "behind the scenes" details on various classic rock albums.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Studio_with_Redbeard

Last month I listened to a very good show with Townsend and Daltrey, as well as vintage audio clips, on the album "Who's Next".

Here's his website.....

http://www.inthestudio.net/

His show on Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon" and also the Beatle's White album were reallly good.

registerthis
11-02-2006, 09:57 AM
I guess he was/is the drummer for the band Oasis too, and is a very sought after studio drummer.

My age is showing. I remember when he was born. :lol:

I saw Zak play with Johnny Marr at Johnny's gig in Louisville that I referenced on the "What am I listening to..." thread. Zak also played on the Healer's album in 2002.

I don't know if he's still with Oasis, that band has had so many lineup changes I can't keep up. Like playing with Liam and Noel would be difficult or something...

Roy Tucker
11-02-2006, 08:28 PM
I was in 8th grade when Zak Starkey was born. I remember thinking how the name "Zak" was the weirdest name I'd ever heard of. Those days everyone was Rick or Nancy.

Little did I know that many years later, my first born would be named Zach. Go figure.

Cedric
11-02-2006, 10:07 PM
It wasn't my time, so I can't ***** all that much. But it sure seems like The Who would have been better off if they quit after Moon died. Bonham and Zeppelin might be the best example of what to do.

Caveat Emperor
11-02-2006, 11:04 PM
I saw Zak play with Johnny Marr at Johnny's gig in Louisville that I referenced on the "What am I listening to..." thread. Zak also played on the Healer's album in 2002.

I don't know if he's still with Oasis, that band has had so many lineup changes I can't keep up. Like playing with Liam and Noel would be difficult or something...

Zak was fantastic on the last Oasis album "Don't Believe the Truth" -- probably Oasis' best album since Morning Glory, IMO.

Crash Davis
11-03-2006, 02:15 AM
"Endless Wire" was also the name of a Gordon Lightfoot album in the 70s.

:rockband:

redsrule2500
11-03-2006, 02:59 AM
Oh thanks for the reminder....*Torrenting it now*

Reminder, still illegal :bang:

GAC
11-03-2006, 05:12 AM
It wasn't my time, so I can't ***** all that much. But it sure seems like The Who would have been better off if they quit after Moon died. Bonham and Zeppelin might be the best example of what to do.

I thought Face Dances and It's Hard were very solid albums, and far superior to the last couple of albums the Who did prior to Keith Moon's death.... "Who By Numbers" and "Who Are You?". There were a few good songs on those albums, but overall, IMO, pretty weak efforts. I agree that Keith Moon was one of the best drummers that ever lived, and that any drummer utilized by the Who afterwards could never duplicate or replace his influences; but the body of material written by Townsend after Keith died, I feel, stood up pretty good.

registerthis
11-03-2006, 10:03 AM
Zak was fantastic on the last Oasis album "Don't Believe the Truth" -- probably Oasis' best album since Morning Glory, IMO.

I agree, it was very good--I liked it a lot. Didn't get as much press here, but then again I wouldn't expect it to.

minus5
11-03-2006, 10:38 AM
I thought Face Dances and It's Hard were very solid albums, and far superior to the last couple of albums the Who did prior to Keith Moon's death.... "Who By Numbers" and "Who Are You?". There were a few good songs on those albums, but overall, IMO, pretty weak efforts.

Gotta disagree on Face Dance or It's Hard being better than Who Are You. To me, songs like Trick of The Light and Had Enough, not to mention the title track are a whole lot better than any track on either of the post-Moon efforts. Of course, you know what opinions are like....;)

westofyou
11-03-2006, 10:53 AM
Gotta disagree on Face Dance or It's Hard being better than Who Are You. To me, songs like Trick of The Light and Had Enough, not to mention the title track are a whole lot better than any track on either of the post-Moon efforts. Of course, you know what opinions are like....;)

I agree, Jones never grabbed me, nor those two albums. That said I saw them in 88 and on the Quadrophenia tour and they kicked much arse.

If the Who were a baseball player they would be the Dale Murphy type, shows up, impresses, burns brighter then the sun for a time and then fades to something that resembles neither of the two prior stages.

Any band would take Tommy-Quadrophenia-Who's Next as a career and walked away with a big grin.

Oh BTW I listened to the first 3 tracks of the new disc (it's on right now) and it wasn't bad... the first song (Fragments) cops some older licks from Won't Get Fooled Again in the opener, I also hear a little of "Music Must Change"

GAC
11-04-2006, 05:04 AM
Gotta disagree on Face Dance or It's Hard being better than Who Are You. To me, songs like Trick of The Light and Had Enough, not to mention the title track are a whole lot better than any track on either of the post-Moon efforts. Of course, you know what opinions are like....;)

I agree. :lol:

I'm just such a huge Who fan that Pete Townsend could put out just about anything on vinyl and I'd buy it. I loved songs on those albums such as "Guitar and Pen", "Slip Kid", "Squeeze Box", and "How Many Friends". But I also think the last couple of albums produced some good music also in "You Better You Bet", "You", "Another Tricky Day", "Athena", "Eminence Front", and "Dangerous".

They definitely lost a very key ingredient when Moon passed away. I think they lost that sense of recklessness and "hope I die before I get old". Of course, age does that too.

The first Who album I ever owned, other then 45's, was "Meaty, Beaty, Big, and Bouncy". I played that album to death. "I Can See For Miles" is one of my all-time favorite Who songs.

minus5
11-04-2006, 05:43 PM
The first Who album I ever owned, other then 45's, was "Meaty, Beaty, Big, and Bouncy". I played that album to death. "I Can See For Miles" is one of my all-time favorite Who songs.

I had Meaty Beaty on reel to reel.....werid, huh?