Pete Townshend Performing At Charity Gig
The Who’s Pete Townshend will be playing a Parkinson’s Disease benefit in the U.K. during April, in memory of his late father-in-law.
The guitarist has been added to the bill of Parkinson’s UK presents: Symfunny No. 2, joining comedians Jason Manford, Rob Deering and others on April 19 at Royal Albert Hall in London. Townshend will be honoring Ted Astley, the father of his first wife Karen Astley, who died from Supranuclear Palsy, a form of Parkinson’s, in 1998 at the age of 76.
Astley was a composer and arranger and worked with Townshend several times, including the humorous “Football Fugue” that Townshend says he’ll play at the benefit, as well as orchestrations for Townshend songs such as “Street In The City,” “The Ferryman,” “Brooklyn Kids” and others. Information about the show is available at Parkinsons.org.uk.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.