Pete Townshend Writes Two New Songs for Tommy Production


Pete Townshend Writes Two New Songs for Tommy Production

–Joe Lund

Pete Townshend has written two new songs for a touring production of The Who’s classic Tommy album. As reported by Playbill, the new songs written by Townshend are “Amazing Journey,” which will open the show, and an unnamed torch song to be sung by the “Acid Queen” character.

The musical was produced by the New Wolsey Theatre in co-production with Ramps on the Moon, an organization that provides artistic opportunities for performers with disabilities. The cast for the production includes both disabled and non-disabled actors. The show will run in various parts of the U.K. from March 30 through July 1.

“When I heard the there was a new planned production of Tommy, I was pleased of course,” said Townshend, in a prepared statement. “But when I heard they planned to do a production featuring actors with disabilities of various kinds, that will actually throw new light on the original story, I became very excited.

“This is a totally new adventure, and really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can feel music. I can’t wait to see it.”

Meanwhile, it was recently announced that The Who will undertake a six-show residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, beginning July 29. The shows mark the first instance in which a rock band has staged a residency at the venue.