A familiar name with an original sound, Simon Townshend is straight from the lineage of one of British music's most famous families.
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 brought in to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy.
He went on to successfully self-produce six well received solo CDs on the Stir Music label, releasing Among Us (1997), Animal Soup (1999), Bare Bodies Bare Assets (live acoustic)(2000), Ages (2000), simontownshendis (2002) and Something New! (EP)(2011). In 2002 Simon added to his musical arsenal by creating a stylistic alternative to his distinctive rock sound with an alter ego, .bom, for live performances in New York, Los Angeles and Boston.
In 2005 Simon joined Bruce Foxton (The Jam/Stiff Little Fingers) and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) in forming The Casbah Club, releasing Venustraphobia (2006).
For 2011, Simon is back with what may be his
best and most impactful solo recording to date entitled Looking Out
In addition to his own music, Simon has produced artists both in London and New York. He has performed with numerous established acts ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam, and including elder brother Pete Townshend, with notable song writing and vocal contributions to Iron Man and Psychoderelict.
Other credits include 15 years as guitarist
and vocalist in The Who, playing sold out tours of Europe, Asia and
North America, and a monumental performance at the 2010 Super Bowl.
He was referred to by one U.S. newspaper as The Who's "secret
weapon". In 2004 Simon served as producer for The Who's first
new, original studio recordings in more than 20 years and in 2006
contributed his talents to their highly anticipated album, Endless
Wire. Since 2009, Simon has accompanied Roger Daltrey on tours of
the United Kingdom and North America, including a stint with Eric
Clapton. A highpoint of these shows features Simon's electrifying
performance of The Who classic, Goin' Mobile, which consistently
brings the cheering crowd to their feet.
Simon Townshend's own music is his priority and it has made a significant impact. As brother Pete Townshend told London's Daily Mail, "he's brilliant." British and American papers have variously described his songs and performances as …
"supercharged hard rock…Mr. Townshend pushes the band to climax upon climax" (The New York Times)
"buoyant melodies…soaring vocal harmonies,…irresistible chorus hooks pushed and pulled by the refreshing optimism of Simon's voice" (The Washington Post)
"really pushes the envelope and is highly recommended" (Amplifier)
"wonderful melodic punch…truly enjoyable listening" (Goldmine)
"a catharsis" (The Los Angeles Times)
In short, as London's Gig Guide said, "you would be a fool to miss them."
A prolific composer over the last decade and Who sideman, Simon Townshend continues to write, create and perform his unique and charismatic work as well as provide support to some of rock music's ultimate legends. He can regularly be found interacting on his web site, www.SimonTownshend.com, Facebook and Twitter.
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