Pete Townshend Chose A Local Studio To Record New Music When The Who Visited Detroit

Author: Jim Johnson

Pete Townshend took some time during the Who‘s recent stop in Detroit to record some new music. The Oakland Press reported that the night before the Who kicked off its current North American tour, Townshend traveled 20 miles outside the city to Waterford, Michigan to lay down “a few tracks for an acoustic project.” Townshend and longtime soundman Bobby Pridden knew 45 Factory studio engineer Ryan McGuire, who has previously helped them locate studios in France and Antigua, and were curious to check out his facilities in Michigan.

45 Factory owner Ryan McGuire and the Who’s Pete Townshend.

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Deni Mesanovic

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Townshend posted about the session on his official website (PeteTownshend.net), writing, “I had a great direct-to-tape session at the 45 Factory. Wonderful sound, the way it always used to be for me, and very close to the sound I get in my own ‘Vintage’ style studio. But at the 45 Factory most things are new, or fully restored to new condition and everything worked beautifully. I had a fantastic time recording a new song direct to an old Ampex 351 1/4″ stereo tape machine. Some great music is going to come out of the 45 Factory.”

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