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February 8, 2008

Who’s on First

Andyou320px_2 The Who may be a classic-rock dinosaur, but when it comes to the Internet, its front man, Pete Townshend, was an early adopter. Which is putting it mildly: some reports have him claiming that he, in Al Gore fashion, invented it. He’s also had trouble with the law over his surfing habits. Lately, he’s been working with his girlfriend, the singer Rachel Fuller, to produce a live Internet festival this summer called Atticfest. And now it looks like his other bandmates are getting onboard—sort of. Roger Daltrey has posted the following message on the band’s Web site:

Welcome to The Who’s first online home. I feel about as useful as a pork chop in a synagogue with all this Internet bollocks. I suppose it keeps millions of people in virtual conversation, which saves them getting too burned by reality, but as you may have gathered I’m not a big fan of it. I’m always ready to be won over though and will endeavour to give it my best shot to keep it interesting.

It’s a bit of an empty room here at the moment (not all the furniture’s arrived yet) but it’s a start, which will evolve and grow to be a useful resource for you to keep up with what The Who is up to. And it’s great to have our music and our history as a band and as individuals in one place. Even if it is virtual.

I hope you enjoy it. But do me a favour; leave the screen turned off sometimes. Go out. Get a life.

Be lucky,
Roger

In terms of following Daltrey’s advice, it appears that Fuller, who used to have an Internet music show called "In the Attic," in which she travelled around in a nineteen-fifties Airstream trailer and interviewed musicians, has given up that effort. Her Web site for the show has been shut down.—John Donohue

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