Pete Townshend’s Deep End: ‘Face The Face’
On 16 September 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment release the live concert film ‘Face The Face’ by Pete Townshend’s Deep End as a DVD+CD set [Cat No: EAGDV068]. This is the show’s first official release of the show on either DVD or CD format. ‘Face The Face’ features Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on lead guitar throughout and the set includes ‘Face The Face’, ‘Secondhand Love’, ‘Rough Boys’, ‘Slit Skirts’, ‘Give Blood’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘Behind Blue Eyes’, ‘Pinball Wizard’ and more.
This show was filmed for the famous German TV series Rockpalast at MIDEM in Cannes on 29th January 1986. Pete Townshend’s Deep End were touring in support of Townshend’s solo concept album “White City: A Novel”. Several of the musicians that appeared on the album were featured in the line-up of the Deep End including Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on lead guitar. The set list has tracks from the “White City” album, other Pete Townshend solo tracks, Who classics, David Gilmour’s song “Blue Light” and a couple of surprises.
The line-up for this show boasts Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar); David Gilmour (guitar, vocals); Peter Hope-Evans (harmonica); Chucho Merchan (bass); Simon Phillips (drums); John “Rabbit” Bundrick (keyboards); Jody Linscott (percussion); The Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Pete Beachill & Dave Plews; Backing Vocalists: Billy Nicholls, Ian Ellis, Chris Staines, Gina Foster and Coral Gordan.
1) Won’t Get Fooled Again 2) Secondhand Love 3) Give Blood 4) Behind Blue Eyes 5) After The Fire 6) Slit Skirts 7) Blue Light 8) I Put A Spell On You* 9) Hiding Out 10) The Sea Refuses No River 11) Face The Face 12) Pinball Wizard 13) A Little Is Enough 14) Rough Boys 15) Night Train
* = not on CD
‘Face To Face’ is a fascinating and compelling release. Pete Townshend and the band deliver an outstanding performance that showcases him as a solo artist as distinct from his work with The Who.