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Pete Townshend's Video Treasure Trove

August 23, 2006 1:32 PM ET

Who fans have been complaining since 1974 that the set list never changes. The nothing-but-the-hits parade continues on their current world tour, but before every gig Pete has been playing some super rare gems on his girlfriend Rachel Fuller's In The Attic webcast. Check out "Blue Red And Grey" from The Who By Numbers, "Sensation" and "The Acid Queen" from Tommy, "Cut My Hair" from Quadrophenia, "Too Much of Anything" from Odds & Sods, a cover of The English Beat's "Save It For Later", "Mirror Door" and "2000 Years" from the forthcoming Who album The Endless Wire and finally, unbelievably enough, all nine minutes of the original mini-opera "A Quick One While He's Away." Hey Pete, how about adding just one of these to the real show? And do you mind doing "So Sad About Us" next?

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