Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend's "Lifehouse,"
originally written as a film in the period between his band's classic
rock operas, "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia," will finally get its
premiere this weekend, as an experimental radio play. The play, to air
Sunday (Dec. 5) on BBC Radio 3 in the UK, includes new music Townshend
wrote for the production, with a number of Who songs originally intended
for the movie, including "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Pure and Easy," "Baba
O'Riley" and "Behind Blue Eyes." The cast will include Kelly McDonald
("Trainspotting") and veteran British actor David Threlfall. Townshend's
1971 script, set on the last day of the millennium, is an apocalyptic
vision of an information-overloaded future. The heroes are pirate-radio
programmers and musicians who slowly make their way to a huge concert.
A Lifehouse CD will be released Monday (Dec. 6) in the UK.