Pete Townshend Chose A Local Studio To Record New Music When The Who Visited Detroit
Pete Townshend took some time during the Who‘s recent stop in Detroit to record some new music. The Oakland Press reported that the night before the Who kicked off its current North American tour, Townshend traveled 20 miles outside the city to Waterford, Michigan to lay down “a few tracks for an acoustic project.” Townshend and longtime soundman Bobby Pridden knew 45 Factory studio engineer Ryan McGuire, who has previously helped them locate studios in France and Antigua, and were curious to check out his facilities in Michigan.
45 Factory owner Ryan McGuire and the Who’s Pete Townshend.
Townshend posted about the session on his official website (PeteTownshend.net), writing, “I had a great direct-to-tape session at the 45 Factory. Wonderful sound, the way it always used to be for me, and very close to the sound I get in my own ‘Vintage’ style studio. But at the 45 Factory most things are new, or fully restored to new condition and everything worked beautifully. I had a fantastic time recording a new song direct to an old Ampex 351 1/4″ stereo tape machine. Some great music is going to come out of the 45 Factory.”
- Last year, Pete Townshend revealed to Rolling Stone that the material he’s writing for the next Who album will possibly take on a tougher edge than their most recent studio tracks: “I gave Roger three demos of three rough songs and happily he likes them. I really liked the pub rock sound of the album he did with Wilko(Johnson on 2014’s Going Back Home) and we may try to make the record in a slightly more basic way than we normally work, although a lot of my writing these days is pretty complicated. It’s more prog rock than pub rock!”
- After the Who’s last album, 2006’s Endless Wire, enjoyed only a short shelf life in the Top 10, minimal radio airplay, and sold below his expectations, Pete Townshend has been hesitant in committing to writing and producing a new Who album. He says that the days of touring behind a new project hardly ensures that the album will be a commercial success: “I just think that the Who are an anomaly. We’re an anomaly like the (Rolling) Stones, we’re an anomaly like any ‘boomer’ band — or any band that appeals to boomers. And I think if you’re a new band today, don’t go there. Don’t even bother with it. Because the record companies, y’know if you went to them and you said, ‘We’ve got a great record here, we’ve got a 100,000 fan base and we’re willing to tour the world,’ they kind of go, ‘Are you gonna give us a hit?'”
- On Friday (March 4th) the Who will appear on NBC‘s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
The Who Perform “Eminence Front” at the Joe Louis Arena February 27th 2016: