Pete Townshend

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They famously sang “I hope I die before I get old,” but after 55 years, 11 albums, the invention of the ‘rock opera’, 100 million+ record sales and a (...)

Pete Townshend: ‘In Ireland, you go to pubs and you see not just good musicians playing together, but supremely good musicians playing together, and it’s a shock that they’re not making millions of quid filling Wembley Stadium.’ Photograph: Terry McGough

“Phil Lynott was a good friend, but he was a heroin addict when I knew him,” Pete Townshend recalls. “He reminded me a lot of Jimi Hendrix, who, in th(...)

Rihanna: double helping of Ri-Ri recordings in 2019. Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The biggie: Rihanna It’s a welcome surprise that Ri-Ri is expected to return with a double helping of new music next year, given she switched to the (...)

Bob Dylan: news that Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me by Your Name, is to film Blood on the Tracks has filled wise people with fears we are returning to the Dark Aeons

The news that Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me by Your Name, is to film Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks has filled wise people with fears we are r(...)

Banksy’s Girl With Balloon is destroyed moments after being sold for more than £1m. Photograph: PA  Banksy’s Girl With Balloon is destroyed moments after being sold for more than £1m. Photograph: PA

The moment I love most in the video Banksy has released of his latest art stunt is when a bespectacled man with the intelligent, well-groomed air of a(...)

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: a bad thing. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

There are less than two months to go before we reach the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The race is on to pen the opening e(...)

Musician Bruce Springsteen played his first Irish concert in 1985. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

It was 31 years ago when Bruce Springsteen played his first concert in Ireland and made the front page of The Irish Times. A crowd of more than 65,0(...)

Veteran rocker Iggy Pop in action during his 2008 concert at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Rocker Iggy Pop has hit out at the modern music industry which he said is “laughably maybe almost entirely pirate”, but said he understands that some (...)

They have spent most of the past decade pegged by many as lad rockers, barrel-scrapers, knuckle- dragging musical neanderthals not fit to lick Oasi(...)

Roger Daltrey (left) and Pete Townshend at The Who’s  performance at the O2 in Dublin. Photograph: Patrick O’Leary

Almost 50 years after forming The Who, and now almost 70 years old, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are still cranking out the hits at high volume. T(...)