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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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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Oct. 12, 2016 – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Palacio de los Deportes – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO Oct. 12, 2016       WOW! This was the first-ever WHO concert in Mexico – that’s something to note right away, and significant enough in itself; a whole country of people who have not have the chance to see this band in-person.   ¡THE WHO LLEGA […]

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Oct. 9, 2016 – COACHELLA, CA

DESERT TRIP FESTIVAL – COACHELLA, CALIFORNIA Oct. 9, 2016     Mega-Post: This may be the longest Backstage Blog ever, and for good reason. So much to discuss…   First off, I’ll give a mini-review of the festival and acts, and then follow with the in-depth version of The WHO’s show here.       […]

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Oct. 6, 2016 – SANTA BARBARA, CA

SANTA BARBARA BOWL – SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA Oct. 6, 2016     Back in action!     We’re all in California, a week+ certainly based around the coming shows for “Desert Trip”. That two-weekend festival certainly is the reason for coming here, but first we have a show to do…   Santa Barbara Bowl is […]

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Sept. 19, 2016 – MILAN, ITALY

MEDIOLANUM FORUM – MILAN, ITALY Sept. 19, 2016       Second AMAZING show in Italy. There definitely is something going on here, who knows what… Could be the lack of WHO shows here, making them more fervent about it all. Or maybe just the culture, loose and ready to have fun. It is the […]

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September 17, 2016 – BOLOGNA, ITALY

UNIPOL ARENA – BOLOGNA, ITALY Sept. 17, 2016       Ah – back into Italy! We were here about 9 years ago, a memorable show with huge downpours and Pete finishing the show on his own in an old Roman amphitheater! Yet any past Italy show were quite memorable: Incredible audiences, with a wholly […]

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Sept. 15, 2016 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

VIENNA, AUSTRIA Sept. 15, 2016     Our last blog began: “All day long, it’s been kinda hot in here…”   Today, same again, not something we’d been expecting for Fall in Europe. And this one took its toll on everyone (maybe because it was two in a row.)   Vienna! Such an incredible city to […]

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September 13, 2016 – Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart, Germany Sept. 13, 2016 All day long, it’s been kinda hot in here. Usually indoor arenas are cool places, not this one. A little on the sticky side, too, so we know the band (onstage with thousands of people in the room, hot lights, moving around) will suffer tonight! All we can do is […]

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September 11, 2016 – The Oberhausen Arena Hall – Oberhausen, Germany

Oberhausen, Germany Sept. 11, 2016   We’ve been here in town for three days now, all ready and prepped to go! The first show in quite some time (these breaks are often shorter, but this was nearly 2 months’ pause.) We’re sure the performance will be good, but always a little bit loose on these […]

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MORE BOB PRIDDEN

  Yesterday, we’d put up some history and photos with Bob Pridden, possibly the longest career with any band, and certainly with The WHO. I’d been trolling to find some great photos of Bob (there are more out there) but we’d been offered an amazing set of largely-unseen photos of Bob on tour.     […]

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