Pete Townshend Angry Over Chart Snub
The Who’s Pete Townshend took to the band’s Facebook page this weekend to express his outrage that the new “Classic Quadrophenia” release will not being counted on the classic music chart in the UK.
The new version of the classic 1973 concept album “Quadrophenia” by The Who, which has been orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, is being released this week (today in the UK and Tuesday, June 9th, in North America).
It appears that Townshend learned that the UK classical chart will not include the release. He posted a series of messages on Facebook in response. He first wrote, “Classic Quadrophenia is not allowed in the UK Classical Charts?! Musical snobbery in the classical elite still alive & kicking then. **** ’em”
A short time later he added, “There’s a huge team behind this, rooted in the practical world of recorded classical music, who deserve better than this petty slap-down.”
For his final post, he wrote, “I know I’m a rock dinosaur and I’m happy to be one, but the team behind Classic Quadrophenia are all young, creative and brilliant.”
“Classic Quadrophenia” was conducted by Robert Ziegler and recorded at Air Studios in London in October of 2014 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and features vocals from acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe as well as Townshend on guitar and “cameo vocal roles”, according to the official synopsis.