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Simon Townshend – Inside and Outside of Quadrophenia


Simon Townshend‘s had a busy year, playing in two bands – his own, in a series of well received concerts (some acoustic, some electric) and The Who, in which he is an integral part of the rhythm section. For his latest series of shows outside of The Who, Simon will be playing his own material – highly recommended listening to anyone who’s not familiar with it. He will also be introducing a segment into his shows in which he he will give audiences a unique insight into what it’s like to play with and be part of The Who, as the legendary band performs Quadrophenia.

“My brother Simon knew he wanted to be a musician from infancy”, says Pete Townshend. “He was a Who fan from 8 years old. Now he spends a lot of his performing life with The Who or with Roger when he does solo shows. Si has been in the Quadrophenia lineup since its first revival in 1996. Flesh and blood and the only member of the band that both Roger and I call a brother, his contribution to Quadrophenia in concert and his special role singing DIRTY JOBS gives him a unique view of the entire project. He met his wife Janie when she modelled as a Mod girl in the Who’s 1973 album booklet. Despite his own amazing career, a wonderful songwriter, and great guitarist, with The Who in Quadrophenia, Simon has become the 5th Jimmy.

Simon is thoroughly looking forward to a hectic month of playing.

“I’m really excited to be playing with The Who on the current Quadrophenia tour,” he told .  “I’m also very excited to be taking my own band out on the road where I’ll be previewing material from my forthcoming album, some old favourites and perhaps a Who moment or two including an ‘Inside Quadrophenia’ segment. I’m also looking forward to meeting the fans after the show.”

For more about Simon and his work, visit his website by clicking  HERE.

Simon Townshend (w/ his touring band) 2013 UK Summer Gig Schedule

2013 Simon Townshend (w / band) Gigs (UK)
Jun 13 Maggie Mays Glasgow (Scotland)
Jun 17 O2 Academy Islington London (UK)
Jun 19 O2 Academy Sheffield Sheffield (UK)
Jun 21 O2 Academy Newcastle Newcastle (UK)
Jun 24 Night and Day Cafe Manchester (UK)
Jun 26 The Globe Cardiff (Wales)
Jun 29 The Hare and Hounds Birmingham (UK)
Jul 01 O2 Academy Liverpool Liverpool (UK)
Sep 28 Looe Music Festival Looe Beach, Cornwall (UK)

Simon Townshend 2013 US July

2013 Simon Townshend (US)
Fri Jul 26 Joe’s Pub New York City, NY





7 thoughts on “Simon Townshend – Inside and Outside of Quadrophenia”

  1. Lynda grace says:

    I had the great pleasure of meeting Simon.
    He is a talented musician on his own, and with The Who.
    A gracious man, and exciting to see perform.

    1. Derek Johnson says:

      15th June O2 London,Fantastic Gig with the Who,then we walk outside to go and get a tube,standing on the concourse,is Simon Townsend handing out flyers for his Gig on Monday,after doing a 3 hour Gig,you deserve to do well,good luck matey.

  2. Lisa Ann Volpe says:

    Simon is absolutely brilliant. I’ve been enjoying his work and his US shows!!

  3. Jeff Alger says:

    I saw The Who in Minneapolis, MN last November. I didn’t get to meet him but have checked out his website. A very talented man and looking forward to down loading his songs on i Tunes.

  4. Sara says:

    Simon is wonderful to see live. I’ve seen him twice in Boston. He is talented, handsome, friendly & sincere. If you get a chance to catch him, go for it!

  5. andy murray says:

    went to see the who at the 02 london and afterwards bought simons album from the merchandise section,managed to meet him shook his hand spoke to him and he signed my album -seems a nice guy.

  6. b.j.carew says:

    Very good in he;s own right.. pete/roger what about.. zac as well YOU NO come on lets have it…new bass player what about bass player in who’s who’s very much like john in the way he plays…GO SEE EVERYONE..BAZ

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