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Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris Talks Rock-N-Roll Lessons from Pete Townshend for The Who’s ‘Tommy’ >>

Michael Cerveris is known to many for his roles in Stephen Sondheim’s 'Assassins' and 'Sweeney Todd,' and for his role in Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s musical stage adaptation of Alison Bechdel's 'Fun Home.' Cerveris even fronts a country band, called Loose Cattle. However, Cerveris will forever hold place in annals of rock n roll history for his role in 1993 Broadway run of The Who’s 'Tommy.' Recently, Cerveris opened up about how Pete Townshend taught him how to rock.

'American Icon: Live In California' by Mose Allison

REVIEW: Mose Allison, 'American Icon: Live In California' (IBis Recordings) >>

A generation and more got turned on to Mose Allison when The Who recorded his "Young Man's Blues." Then, when The Yardbirds, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, Van Morrison, John Mayall and The Clash covered him, he became the icon that he is today. 'American Icon: Live In California' (IBis Recordings) has this retired genius in rare form at the age of 79.

Pete Townshend

Townshend Unveils Orchestral 'Quadrophenia' with Alfie Boe, Billy Idol and Royal Phil for DG >>

More than 40 years since its initial release, Pete Townshend has created a "classical" version of The Who's iconic album 'Quadrophenia.' On Tuesday, June 9, Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics will release Townshend's new, orchestral version in both standard and deluxe editions. This new version of Quadrophenia will have its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir along with Pete Townsend, Alfie Boe, Billy Idol and very special guests on July 5.

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend to Record a Classical Version of 'Quadrophenia' with Alfie Boe on Vocals >>

Pete Townshend, legendary guitarist and song-writer of The Who, has announced that he has created a classical version on the bands 1973 album, "Quadrophenia" for symphony orchestra, opera singers and choir.

Kate Bush to Fans:

Kate Bush to London Reunion Fans: "I Want Contact With You, Not Your Phones..." >>

Perhaps it's an age-old debate pitting younger generations against the older proctorial baby-boomers--but if you want to see Kate Bush in concert then it will be done sans phone, tablet, etc.

Randall Poster, Music Supervisor for Wes Anderson's Films, Discusses Song Choices for 'Rushmore' and 'The Royal Tenenbaums' >>

A close friend claims that if you pause any moment of a Wes Anderson film, you'd have a glorious photograph from just that mere movie still. Be that as it may, I'd argue that the truer Anderson ethos is more about picture with sound. OK, so maybe it's a shared brilliance. Because Anderson's music supervisor, Randall Poster, has collaborated with the director on every film.

The Royal Opera House music director Antonio Pappano describes Beyoncé as ‘amazing,’ says children don’t know The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who; we need to be exposed to history >>

The Royal Opera House's music director, Sir Antonio Pappano who described Beyoncé as 'amazing,' claims that children don't' know about The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who which is connected to having no sense of music history.

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