Pete Townshend writing new musical, Who material
Pete Townshend is writing a new musical in the style of "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia," according to his blog on The Who's website. Several of the more conventional songs from the piece, entitled "Floss," also will be featured on an upcoming Who album scheduled for release in 2010.
Townshend also is working on a live production of "Floss," expected to debut in 2011.
Townshend said the "ambitious new project" will convey the story of a married couple whose relationship gets into difficulty. Its themes reportedly were inspired by the current issues faced by the Boomer generation. The musical also addresses the couple's uneasy relationship with their parents, children and grandchildren, Townshend said.
"As a 19 year old--with 'My Generation'--I wrote the most explicitly ageist song in rock," Townshend wrote in his blog. "At 64, I now want to take on aging and mortality, using the powerfully angry context of rock 'n' roll."
The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey is addressing the issue of aging in his own way; the singer will exercise his vocal chords on a two-month "Use It or Lose It" solo tour, which kicks off Oct. 10 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump arrested in Los Angeles
Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump was arrested late Tuesday (8/25) night in Los Angeles for driving without a valid license, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The arrest followed a traffic stop during which police officers discovered an outstanding warrant that was issued after Stump failed to appear before a Beverly Hills judge in 2007 for driving without a valid California driver's license.
The singer was released Wednesday (8/26) after posting $15,000 bail.
In a post-arrest interview with MTV News, Stump said he didn't want to give up his Illinois driver's license and was unaware that was a crime. "It is, by the way, [a crime] in the state of California," he said. "Lesson learned. I technically broke a law, so technically I deserve whatever I get. But man, is my mom gonna be pissed."