February 13, 2007 at 5:47 AM (PT)
REUTERS reports the founding members of THE WHO don't think the Internet is the future of Rock, are unhappy about radio's narrow musical focus, and are convinced live music is what it is all about.
Announcing their 2007 EUROPEAN tour yesterday, ROGER DALTREY and PETE TOWNSHEND said playing big venues remained the best way of showcasing their music to the world.
"The Internet promises a lot of things -- some it delivers, some it doesn't," TOWNSHEND, 61, told a news conference, adding one thing it does offer is the ability to sell tickets. "It is probably the most powerful informational, promotional tool today. It's a very effective, focused machine for promotion. I look forward to using it for live events, there's a big scope for live music and live events."
But TOWNSHEND said live music is what it is all about, with the Rock band that dates back to the 1960s embarking on a 29-date tour starting on MAY 16 in LISBON.
"Festivals are really important, I'm not really into the Internet," DALTREY, 62, told a news conference which, ironically, was live webcast on www.thewhotour.com.