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Pete Townshend Says Lady Gaga Is A Space Oddity

January 30, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with The Sun to promote their revival of the Quadrophenia live show, The Who’s Pete Townshend called Lady Gaga a “space oddity”. Here are highlights:

On Lady Gaga: “The machinery of making music means more people can do it now. The technology has made it easier to make music without being profoundly gifted. What Lady Gaga has done is created an iconic figure who is someone we can get inside. She’s a story and it’s fascinating to watch – she’s like a space oddity.”

On the state of young people today: “Go down to dance events in Borough or Camden in London — it’s just different drugs now. In the mod days it was one drug that everyone took and that was amphetamines. There is always this desire for people that are struggling in whatever way to get out of their head. When I wrote Quadrophenia we were in the middle of the three-day week and miners’ strikes. Now there is an illusion for young people of possibility and hope — but it’s an illusion. You come out with a first in a university degree and you can’t get a job. These aren’t great times for young people in our country.”

On the effects of getting older: “I used to do magical things without even thinking about it when I was younger. You might have the passion to pull it out the bag but it comes to the point when you just can’t do it. I’m my own worst enemy on the stage. I have to be so disciplined to not cause myself further hearing problems or pull muscles.”

NME has the details for The Who’s new Quadrophenia tour, which sees the band play the album in full. Tickets go on sale this Friday (February 1) at 9am. The show is directed by Roger Daltrey and features the performance with “powerful imagery projected on an array of massive screens”. According to the band, this imagery is “designed to support, complement and propel the musical content of the work by setting it in the context of the history of the band”.

The Who will play:

Dublin The O2 (June 8)
Belfast Odyssey (10)
Glasgow SECC (12)
London The O2 (15)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (18)
Newcastle Metro Arena (20)
Manchester Arena (23)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (25)
Birmingham LG Arena (28)
Liverpool Echo Arena (30)

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