The Who's Simon Townsend Sings Zak Starkey's Praises
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The Who's Simon Townsend Sings Zak Starkey's Praises
The Who's Quadrophenia & More Tour is up and running and slowly ironing out the kinks regarding the sound levels and video projection; with most fans preferring the show to the band's last Quad revival back in 1996 and 1997. That tour featured the debut of Pete Townshend's kid brother Simon Townshend on guitar and drummer -- and Ringo Starr's son -- Zak Starkey on drums, both of whom are still on the road with the band.
Zak, who was close to Keith Moon until his death in 1978, is able to perform all of Moon's signature fills with an amazing combination of control and panache. Simon Townshend says that although Starkey is reminiscent of Moon at times -- he's really is his own man: "I'm glad Zak does it the way he does it. He doesn't have too many restrictions and he certainly doesn't copy anyone. He uses ideas, but he doesn't copy anyone. He does his own thing."
Even before first joining the Who in 1996, Quadrophenia has always been a family affair for Simon. In addition to his brother Pete writing and producing the project -- middle brother Paul Townshend and Simon's future wife Janie were actually featured as "Mod" teenagers in the album's booklet: "I didn't know a lot about it happening at the time. I guess I was about 12, Paul was about 16. I mean, y'know, I was heavily into music at that time, but, y'know, this was something that Paul was approached about and kind of passed me by, 'cause had I known about it I would've killed to be there. I probably was a bit young for the scene they were trying to create." 
The Who tour dates (subject to change):
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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