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Simon Townshend solo show at Phoenix’s MIM in early May

Simon Townshend solo show at Phoenix’s MIM in early May
© Alan Barnes / C4Miles Photography

Brother of music legend Pete Townshend, Simon Townshend has been making music since he was nine. Touring in support of his latest solo release, Denial, he will make a stop in Phoenix May 2 at the Musical Instruments Museum.

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I first saw Simon Townshend play live as a solo artist 30 years ago when he was touring in support of the brilliant album, Sweet Sound. The record spawned many amazing songs, including the hit, “I’m the Answer,” a sweet and really well-rounded love song. The show was at The Palace in LA. I was 14 and all these years later, I still love that record and am equally excited to see him live as a solo artist for just the second time. Since then he has put out many incredible records and songs.

Making the excitement even more intense is the fact the I have not had the pleasure of hearing a live show in the theater at the MIM, created to be acoustically superior - so much so, bands have used the theater itself to record tracks and music for albums, in lieu of the amazing studio on site at MIM.

For those that may not be as familiar with the younger Townshend, here is a little background:

The son of England’s top big-band reed man and baby brother of Who legend Pete Townshend, Simon has been recording and performing since the age of nine, when he was recruited to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy. On his own Stir Music Label, Simon has released seven well-received solo records (which includes 2012’s widely acclaimed Looking Out Looking In) and one with the band Casbah Club (featuring Bruce Foxton/The Jam & Mark Brzezicki/Big Country).

In February of 2014, STIR Music released Denial, Townshend’s eighth album, containing some of his most personal and inspirational work to date.

And for Who fans, the younger Townshend has been guitarist and vocalist in The Who since 1996, playing sold out tours around the world. He is a passionate musician, songwriter and producer. In 2004 he served as producer for The Who’s first new, original studio recordings in more than 20 years and contributed his talents to their 2006 album Endless Wire.

Townshend has also performed with numerous other well-known acts ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam and Dave Grohl and had notable song writing and vocal contributions to his brother’s Iron Man and Psychoderelict records.

The music of Simon Townshend captures a particularly personal quality that gives him a very relatable style. He draws on his own identification with music and the depth with which his family is steeped in it, creating a sound familiar but unique from his brother, Pete Townshend of the Who.

Take this opportunity to see a really amazing live performer in a truly outstanding venue.

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