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The Who and The Pretenders were at the Big Joint for my 30th Anniversary Party! Backstage before the show with Pete.

Today (5/19) is the birthday of Pete Townshend of The Who. This flashback from the MMaRchives is one of our favorites, so we figured today is the perfect occasion to revisit it.

The band played the Tower Theater as part of the Psychoderelict Tour in the summer of 1993. Pete was supposed to visit John DeBella’s show on MMR that afternoon, but had been running late, so instead he came to the studio after the concert at the Tower. The interview lasted until almost 2am!

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Debella and Townshend met again in 2016 while The Who were doing their Quadrophenia tour; Townshend told him it that the conversation from ’93 was the best interview he was ever a part of. This version of “Pinball Wizard” begins with Townshend talking about why he loves this song, and the reason might surprise you…

Note: This audio originally aired in 2018.

The Who at Citizens Bank Park