The Who's Simon Townshend Sees It All Coming Together
"There is a definite difference between an artist and a musician, and I've always seen myself as an artist," Townshend tells Radio.com while on the road with The Who for the Quadrophenia & More tour. "I'm all about the artistic thing, writing songs and the emotional side of it. But I have worked very hard for the last five or six years, looking at my musical ability a bit more and studying guitar a bit harder. Everything has spear-headed to this moment in time where I'm now getting the chance to sing lead vocals on one song and play some guitar solos with the Who – and I'm actually able to do it and feel comfortable and confident."
Simon says that after nearly two decades of touring with Roger Daltrey solo and The Who, he's "earned his stripes" with the band. His challenge now is balancing his role as rhythm guitarist in The Who with his solo career, in which he's feeling quite inspired these days. Maybe it's the technology that's allowed Townshend to record rough takes of song ideas while on the road, but he says he has another solo album coming out this year to follow up his first solo album in 10 years, late 2012′s Looking Out Looking In. more on this story
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