Pete Towshend of the Who did more than just play a concert during the group's recent stay in the metro area.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took the opportunity to drop into the 45 Factory studio in Waterford on Friday night, Feb. 26, to record what his web site calls "a few tracks for an acoustic project" the guitarist is working on. 45 Factory engineer Ryan McGuire has helped Townshend acquire gear for his personal studio back in England, primarily through Ferndale's Vintage King, according to the site, and Townshend and longtime Who sound engineer Bob Pridden wanted to check out his local facility.
Townshend wrote that he "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."
McGuire posted a note on 45 Factory's Facebook page that it was "an absolute honor" to host Townshend and Pridden. "Pete's a true icon and recording him was an experience I'll never forget."
The Who opened the latest North American leg of its The Who Hits 50! tour on Saturday night, Feb. 27, at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Townshend had also done some recording fro the acoustic project when the tour was in Nashville during May of 2015.
The 45 Factory markets itself as "the only vintage style recording studio in the Midwest," with a "custom Tree Audio vacuum tube recording console, world-class microphone cabinet and collection of rare analog...devices" recordings that sound "unique, vibrant, warm, and dimensional." More information on the studio can be found at the45factory.com.