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The Who scrap world tour webcasts
Pete Townshend
The Who may offer pay-for-view charity webcasts later in their tour
The Who have abandoned a series of live webcasts from their world tour because of a disagreement between band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

Guitarist Townshend said Daltrey was not sure how "the web has any real contribution to make to our career" - but he insisted they were not "at war".

He added that he could not afford to "spend any more time or money mortgaging my half of the stage".

Meanwhile, fans can pay to hear the Rolling Stones' Paris gig on the phone.

The live service will be offered in seven-minute chunks for $1.99 (1.07), so callers must register several times in order to listen to the whole concert.

'Truly ground-breaking'

The Who had branded their webcasts as a "first", saying "never before has a band broadcast a live concert at every stop on a tour".

The group - famous for hits including My Generation and Substitute - are playing a total of 66 concerts in Europe and the US.

They had employed cameramen, vision mixers and sound crew, plus some of the technical team from the Lord of the Rings films, "to create something truly ground-breaking" online.

Townshend expressed disappointment at his bandmate's failure to embrace the transmissions.

Mick Jagger
The Stones' phone line will remain throughout their European tour
He said he would "continue to discuss with Roger what we might be able to do on the Who stage to take advantage of the immense webcast experience I have".

He added, however, that he did "not want to bully anyone".

"Roger is my partner in The Who. He is not my partner in anything else.

"We love each other but we are not regular social buddies like Bono and [The] Edge - we do not discuss or share ideas, and we have no unified joint vision or strategy for The Who or for creative projects in general."

And he said they were "in full accord about our lack of accord", as they "always have been".

'Great thing'

The service offered by the Stones enables anyone in the world to dial a telephone number while the band are on stage in the French capital.

They can listen for seven minutes at a time, with an announcement after six minutes that their session is almost over.

Stones manager Marty Erlichman said this would help to avoid bootlegging.

"It's a great thing for the artists," he told the Reuters news agency.

"It's passive income, and they're helping fans enjoy the experience without affecting ticket sales."


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