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The Who’s Pete Townshend Wrote a Book — ‘The Age of Anxiety’ Will Be Out in the Fall

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2019 is already shaping up to be a big year for the Who, as the legendary rockers will head out on a big 29-city tour with a symphony orchestra in the summer — but guitarist Pete Townshend has other things up his sleeve, too.

Namely: his first novel! On Tuesday, Townshend made the big news reveal. The Age of Anxiety is its title, and it has a scheduled publishing date of Nov. 5. As the official news release details:

The Age of Anxiety is a great rock novel, but that is one of the less important things about it. The narrator is a brilliant creation – cultured, witty and unreliable. The novel captures the craziness of the music business and displays Pete Townshend’s sly sense of humour and sharp ear for dialogue. First conceived as an opera, The Age of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness and long-lost children. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.

And a quote from Pete:

‘Ten years ago I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel. Suddenly here I am with a completed novel ready to publish. I am an avid reader and have really enjoyed writing it. I am also happy to say the majority of the music is composed, ready to be polished up for release and performance. It’s tremendously exciting.”

Pre-orders for The Age of Anxiety are up now at this link. And the Who’s tour dates for 2019:

Summer Dates
May 7 / Van Andel Arena / Grand Rapids, MI
May 9 / KeyBank Center / Buffalo, NY
May 11 / Jiffy Lube Live / Bristow, VA
May 13 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY
May 16 / Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN
May 18 / Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center / Noblesville, IN
May 21 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre / Chicago, IL
May 23 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis / Maryland Heights, MO
May 25 / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia, PA
May 28 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI
May 30 / PPG Paints Arena / Pittsburgh, PA
June 1 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON

Fall Dates
Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN
Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI
Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA
Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY
Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA
Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL
Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX
Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO
Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University / San Diego, CA
Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners / Seattle, WA
Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC
Oct 23 / Rogers Place / Edmonton, AB

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