PETE TOWNSHEND AND THE WHO'S UNRELEASED ROCK OPERA
TO GET LIVE TREATMENT THIS SATURDAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
Forty years ago today, more or less, The Who's most ambitious project - Lifehouse, which would have married Pete Townshend's vision of a dystopian future to film and the concert stage - ground to a halt. As originally envisioned, Lifehouse would have occupied a double album, a Hollywood-funded major motion picture, and a concert tour to end all concert tours. Instead, it was stripped down to a mere single non-concept LP, Who's Next, which became the Who's most popular recording ever upon its release in the summer of '71.
Ever since its abortion, Pete Townshend has lamented the failure of his grandest dream to reach completion. He's tried to revive it in concert, as a film script, as a limited-edition six-CD box set, and even on the radio. He's never quite captured what he originally what in mind.
San Francisco audiences will be treated to a full performance of Lifehouse on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30pm, when Mushroom with Patty Spiglanin on lead vocals takes the stage at The Make-out Room to perform the record in real time.
In 2009, Mushroom performed songs from Lifehouse, including classics like "Won't Get Fooled Again" and tunes that never made it onto the Who's albums, in concert at a couple of special one-off Bay Area shows. Quite possibly, these marked the only time a band approximated Lifehouse in concert, right down to the intricate synthesizer parts that were too difficult to play live with early-'70s technology. And now, they'll be playing "Won't Get Fooled Again" again, along with more than a dozen other Lifehouse songs both classic and obscure.