Simon Townshend delivers his uniquely personal, yet universally relatable songs with an intense emotional commitment that allows him to forge an instant connection with his audience. Whether he’s playing solo acoustic or with his band, Simon’s enthusiasm and passion for performing and sharing his music is undeniable. “There’s a certain nakedness. When you’re just standing on a stage with a guitar, it comes down to the bare bones. If the songs are strong, people really like it. It’s something that I love doing”
In February 2014, Simon Townshend’s album DENIAL, his most personal and affecting work to date, will be released on his own STIR Music label. Many of the tracks on DENIAL were inspired by events surrounding his family: some joyful, some difficult, some tragic. “I couldn’t help writing. It was inspirational and, for me, the best medicine is writing because it heals me.”
Simon is currently busier than ever, receiving rave reviews for his work as guitarist and vocalist on The Who’s 2012/2013 Quadrophenia and More Tour. When not performing with The Who, he’s committed to an extensive solo touring schedule, highlighted by multiple sellout shows at Joe’s Pub in New York City and attaining the opening spot on Heart’s 2013 Canadian “Fanatic” tour and Big Country’s 2013 UK “The Journey Tour”. Most recently, at the invitation of both Jimmy and The Roots, Simon had a blast sitting in with the band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Sept 11, 2013.
Look for Simon to hit the road again in support of DENIAL in March 2014. “This is me. This is what I do. Music is my life, and it’s the only thing that I fully understand and love outside of my family. Music has always fed and clothed me, paid the rent. It’s in the blood.” As London’s Gig Guide said, “you would be a fool to miss him.”
A prolific artist and performer, 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.
Simon Townshend 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 baby 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. On his own Stir Music Label, Simon has released 7 well received solo CD’s and one with the band Casbah Club (featuring Bruce Foxton/The Jam & Mark Brzezicki/Big Country). In February of 2014, STIR Music will release his 8th album DENIAL, containing some of his most personal and inspirational work to date.
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.” He was an integral part of the 2012/2013 Who’s Quadrophenia and More Tour, playing guitar, supplying backing vocals and taking the lead on “Dirty Jobs” every night. In 2004 Simon served as producer for The Who’s first new, original studio recordings in more than 20 years and contributed his talents to their 2006 album Endless Wire. Simon has also performed with numerous other established acts ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam, Dave Grohl, and including elder brother Pete Townshend, with notable song writing and vocal contributions to Iron Man and Psychoderelict. Since 2009, Simon has accompanied Roger Daltrey on tours of the United Kingdom and North America, including stints with Eric Clapton and numerous Teenage Cancer Trust fundraisers.