Backstage Blog

Brian & Pete Brian Kehew and Pete on the 2006/7 US tour. Photo: William Snyder /Trinifold

Welcome to The Who’s Backstage Blog where our behind-the-scenes blogger Brian Kehew posts the inside ‘news and views from a backstage pass’. As part of The Who Hits 50! road crew, Brian is the band’s keyboard technician and lets you in on all the activities that go into producing each and every fabulous night of the US tour.

Brian first met The Who's longtime guitar tech Alan Rogan in Los Angeles and, at Alan's request, he then worked with Pete Townshend on some of Pete’s solo shows in 2000. When the 2002 Who tour started, he began fulltime work as their keyboard technician. For the next 14 years, Brian worked nearly all The Who's shows and in 2006/7 he filled in for John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, playing keyboards on the American tour dates.



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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – National Indoor Arena – Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017

  Last show of the “tour” as short as it this outing has been. Not quite a month, but it did take a chunk of our lives and brought the current WHO show to some areas that had not yet seen it.       As pleased as we are to be out here (everyone […]

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – The Motorpoint Arena – Monday, Apr 10, 2017

  “We’re gonna play our new album now…” Pete stated clearly, as they walked onstage to begin the show. Cheering, but confused, the audience waited for more news. “It was written in 1964!” and then they launched into “I Can’t Explain.” Off we go…       We’re back again in Sheffield, the old arena, […]

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – The SSE Hydro Arena Fri, April 7, 2017

  A welcome return… Glasgow has been home to many WHO shows over the years, and not so long ago, we were right here. This Hydro Arena is a newer location, compared to most, and certainly looks it. It’s highly recognisable from the outside, and inside it’s pretty sleek and modern.       We’ve […]

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Manchester, England – Manchester Arena Wed, April 5, 2017

  Back to the Manchester Arena. It’s not far from Liverpool, our last stop, but the accent changes, as does the attitude. This is always a loud and bold crowd. It’s certainly a music town; you’ll know The Smiths, Oasis, New Order, Joy Division, and 10cc. But in The WHO’s “generation,” you’ve got great bands […]

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LIVERPOOL – Echo Arena – Monday 3 April 2017

  We’re in the land of the Fab Four. I’m certain Liverpudlians get tired of that, but it’s pretty important musically. Is there anything bigger? It’s become a very different town over the years, and is still changing. As Roger said tonight, they are also the best singing audience in the UK! Music history is […]

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LONDON – Royal Albert Hall Saturday 1 April 2017

  “Got a feeling  ’17 is gonna be a good year…” And back again! Only a brief day off, and yes, we did have to load ALL the equipment out after the last one and then again in today. (Deja-vu meets Groundhog Day.) So, with one show under the belt, everyone’s ready, more prepared – […]

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Mar. 30, 2017 – LONDON, ENGLAND

 ROYAL ALBERT HALL – LONDON, ENGLAND Mar. 30, 2017     The first time The WHO have played TOMMY in 28 years. It was scheduled to be “acoustic Tommy” – and that was the intent Roger had when booking it. The occasion demanded something special; this is the 100th TCT (Teenage Cancer Trust) benefit concert […]

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Rehearsal Report: London, England. 21-24 March, 2017

“Do You Think It’s Alright… “We’ve moved. Last week, small hole – this week, huge cavernous immense space! We’re on an undisclosed lot in a massive warehouse room; space enough to set up everything as-needed, and to prepare more video and sound cues for the coming TOMMY show. Some of the eagle-eyed may have noticed […]

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Rehearsal Report: London, England. 21-24 March, 2017

    “I have no reason to be over-optimistic….” Well, here we are again, the family/team/organism that is The Who and their people. About 90% intact from our last run, we always lose a few crew or band members every once in a while. Some changes always come…     ‘   “Welcome to the […]

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DESERT TRIP (Weekend 2) – COACHELLA, CA

DESERT TRIP FESTIVAL (Weekend 2) – COACHELLA, CALIFORNIA Oct. 16, 2016       Exactly one week later, we return to do this festival. An odd feeling, to have deja-vu but know it’s a real memory – and not so long ago! It’s all the same, we see the same workers, the same empty places […]

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