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Originally, Zak Starkey had been announced as being the drummer for these solo Pete Townshend appearances. But some kind of snafu prevented him from participating, and Pete proceeded make the following three appearances without ANY drummer!
[Most likely Zak's commitment to The Lightning Seeds forced him to drop out as he probably could not guarantee his availability for rehearsals or even the gigs. The 'Seeds had just released "Three Lions '98" in June, and it went to #1 thanks to World Cup frenzy, so TV appearances were up. Plus they had three big UK Festival dates just days before AND after the scheduled Pete concerts.]
It was announced near the end of June that Pete Townshend would perform on
the second day of "A Day In The Garden", August 15th 1998. Also appearing on
the bill for that day of the three day Woodstock revisited, were Joni Mitchell,
Lou Reed, Richie Havens and Donovan.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 9:00 am Gates Open/Food & Crafts 9:00 am Melanie 11:00 am Donovan 12:00 noon Richie Havens 1:00 pm Lou Reed 3:00 PM Joni Mitchell 5:00 PM Pete Townshend 7:30 PM Aftershow activities T.B.A. *Exact starting times are subject to change
In a Reuters piece from July 24th, Pete talks about his not-so "peace
& love" memories of the original gig. Zak fans were pleasantly surprised
"I can tell you that he is very excited about doing this," says Socolof, adding that Townshend's band will include Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey -- who toured with the Who during 1996-97 -- and his repertoire will feature "a significant amount" of Who material.
However, things got a bit confusing when the Boston Globe on Aug 9th, printed
a piece about the show, and said that Pete was not bringing a "bassist or drummer",
only to name a bassist a few paragraphs later!
"Here's what Townshend won't bring to the stage in the coming week: a drummer and a bassist. Townshend was inspired by seeing new pal Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) play dynamic solo shows."
"He'll be joined by keyboardist-guitarist-singer Jon Carin (a former touring musician with Pink Floyd), Boston-area native Jody Linscott on percussion, bassist Sherman Sean, harmonica player Peter Hope-Evans, and singer-guitarist Tracey Langran." - Boston Globe 8/9/98
On the 13th, The Boston Herald did a small bit about Pete's appearance at Woodstock, and quoted the original press release from the Day in The Garden people that said Zak would be there.
Zak did not drum for Pete at the warm up gig in Boston on the 14th. And he did not drum on the 15th at the Day in The Garden either. (Also, the bassist was actually Chucho Merchan - who had previously played w/Pete at the Brixton shows)
The day after the Woodstock gig was announced, "Pete Townshend & Friends"
showed up in the Ticketmaster database. Booked the day before "A Day In The
Garden" it served as a warm-up gig. There had been plenty of speculation as
to who his friends would be! Turns out, the friends formed an expanded version
of his past Pete / John Carin solo presentations.
The band was:
Jon Carin - Keyboards, backing vocals
Jody Linscott on percussion
Chucho Merchan - Bass
Peter Hope-Evans - harmonica
and singer-guitarist Tracey Langran.
This show surfaced on the tour database around July 24th. Turns out this was a benefit show for Maryville Academy. (The same as last year's). Tickets went on sale 10am on July 31st. The show was general admission, with tickets are priced at $175.00, and was similar in presentation to the Harborlights show.
Who related sections on Kathy's Zak Starkey Site:
Quad Hyde Park and MSG * Quad USA '96 * Quad Europe '97 * Quad USA '97
Who's Serious? * Daltrey Sings Townshend * Who convention '95
Pete's Olivier Award Party * John Entwistle's The Rock * Pete's 98 solo gigs
* Who 1999 shows * The Who 2000 * Tony Ashton Testimonial Show
* The Who 2001 * The Who 2002 * The Who 2003 * The Who 2004 *
* The Who 2005 * The Who 2006 *The Who 2007 *
* The Who 2008 *The Who 2009 *The Who 2010 *The Who 2011*
* Kathy's Simon Townshend Pages *
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Created: July 25 1998
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