Pete Townsend To Receive 'Les Paul Award' In January
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Pete Townsend To Receive 'Les Paul Award' In January
Pete Townshend, will be presented with the prestigious Les Paul Award on January 25th at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, at Southern California's Anaheim Hilton during the 2013 NAMM Show. Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production. The Les Paul Award, named in honor of the legendary musician and inventor who died in 2009, is presented annually to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Russ Paul, the son of Les Paul, will make the presentation to Townshend on behalf of the Foundation.
Over the past 21 years, recipients of the award have included such legends as Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Al Kooper, among others.
The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio is a public benefit corporation headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to presenting the TEC Awards, the Foundation has helped fund programs, including those of H.E.A.R. and the House Research Institute, that educate audio professionals and music listeners about safe hearing in the music environment.
Pete Townshend explained that contrary to popular belief, the damage to his hearing didn't occur on stage with the Who, but on his own, alone in his home recording studios over the years: "What hurt my ears was not guitar, it wasn't. It was recording. It was living in the recording studio. And it was getting drunk; making great songs at home, and listening to it over and over and over and over again, like, real masturbation stuff. Y'know, I've written a great song, and a bottle of brandy, listen to it again, and really, just blowing my brains out in the studio as well. Y'know, I never gave myself a rest."
Pete Townshend's autobiography, Who I Am, will be published on October 8th.
Pete Townshend's Who I Am book appearances include the following stops:
October 8 - New York, NY - New York Public Library (private event)
October 9 - New York, NY - Union Square Barnes & Noble
October 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Free Library 
October 11 - Ridgewood, NJ - Bookends 
October 12 - Boston, MA - Barnes & Noble in Prudential Center
The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):
November 1 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center 
November 3 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center 
November 5 - Duluth, GA - The Arena At Gwinnett Center 
November 8 - Greenville, SC - Bi-Lo Center 
November 9 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum 
November 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 
November 13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 
November 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center 
November 16 - Boston, MA - TD Garden 
November 20 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 
November 21 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place 
November 23 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 
November 24 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena 
November 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center 
November 29, 30 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena 
December 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 
December 5 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena 
December 6 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center 
December 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center 
December 9 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 
January 28 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center 
January 30 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center 
February 1 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena 
February 2 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center 
February 5 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center 
February 6 - Glendale, AZ - Arena 
February 8 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino 
February 12 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 
February 14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 
February 16 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center 
February 17 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center 
February 19 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum 
February 21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
February 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 
February 24 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena 
February 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center

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