20 Sep 2017
An announcement from Pete
At the end of this triumphant short tour of Classic Quadrophenia in the U.S., where Rachel showed off her incredible talent as an orchestral arranger, and I performed like a Broadway Ham . . . it’s time to make an announcement that she and I were married in December last year.
This seems like a good time to tell everyone who doesn’t yet know.
This is a very, very happy thing for both of us. We have been together for more than twenty years, meeting at a rehearsal studio back in October 1996 where The Who were preparing for their own first revival Quadrophenia tour starting in New York. Do the sum! That’s 21 years. We first worked together (on the Lifehouse Chronicles orchestral project) but started dating a little later in December 1997.
We married nearly a year ago and did keep it as quiet as we could, telling only close family.
Why did we keep it quiet? Really, we were being selfish. We were married at the local Register Office in Twickenham, with just two witnesses – my security man Mark Squires and my longtime P.A. Nicola Joss. The Registrar is an old friend, he actually bought my old Magic Bus bookshop in Richmond. It’s now The Open Book. I have been away on tour so much in recent years, we just wanted to be together, and savour the moment.
The shows in the U.S. have felt like a kind of wedding blessing for us both. The response has been great, and of course it is Rachel’s moment as much as it is mine. A few times I have mentioned on stage that Rachel Fuller is my wife. I am incredibly proud of her, and if there is any element of her being any kind of trophy, it’s mainly because she is a fucking genius. But she’s also beautiful and smart. We have so much fun together.