Simon Townshend, known as a touring guitarist with The Who for twenty years, is a performer with his own voice, sound and songs!
Simon is straight from the lineage of one of British music’s most famous families, a familiar name but with an original sound. The son of England’s top big‐band reed man and younger brother of Who legend Pete Townshend, Simon has been recording and performing since the age of nine, when he was recruited to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy.
Simon’s music has its own original sound and his song writing plunders great depths and returns with unique compelling narratives set against haunting melodies. Simon has a strong loyal fan base which includes a number of fellow musicians such as Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), who has followed Simon since his 1983 release ‘I Am The Answer’.
Simon, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, has released 8 acclaimed solo albums and one with the band Casbah Club (featuring Bruce Foxton/The Jam & Mark Brzezicki/Big Country).
Whether playing solo acoustic or with his band, Simon Townshend forges an instant connection with his audience. Simon’s enthusiasm and passion for performing and sharing his music is undeniable.
In addition to his own music, Simon has been guitarist and vocalist in The Who since 1996, playing sold out tours around the world, including monumental performances at the 2010 Super Bowl and the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. He was referred to by one U.S. newspaper as The Who’s “secret weapon.”
OTHER BAND MEMBERS
(Phil Spalding Bass, Ben Townshend Drums, Mike Wilton Guitar)
Phil Spalding has played bass and appeared with performing artists such as Mick Jagger, Seal, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Elton John, Randy Crawford, Bernie Tormé, Original Mirrors, Toyah and Mike Oldfield. More recently he has appeared on albums by Michel Polnareff, Suggs, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue and recorded all bass tracks on the Lion King soundtrack studio album! In February 2012 he joined Simon's band for the 'Secret Weapon' UK tour in support of the album 'Looking Out, Looking In'.
Mike Wilton is best known as the frontman and song writer in The Standard Lamps. Mike's guitar style draws heavily from Pete Townshend, Wilko Johnson and early Eric Clapton. The Standard Lamps have played regularly at Clubs, Concert Halls, Festivals and Arenas (Opening for The Who on their Uk tour) in both 2015 and 2017. The band have also appeared alongside Johnny Marr, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Who in Hyde Park 2016. Mike also plays for Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), Tom Williams and David Mumford.