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Simon Townshend will open for Heart in Penticton

A familiar name with an original sound, Simon Townshend is straight from the lineage of one of British music’s most famous families and he will be opening for Heart at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Baby brother of The Who legend Pete Townshend, Simon Townshend will open for Heart on the 2013 Fanatic tour in Penticton on March 9.

Simon is the son of England’s top big-band reed man and has been recording and performing since the age of nine, when he was brought in to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy. He went on to successfully self-produce six well-received solo CDs, and on Nov. 2, will release his seventh studio album titled Looking Out Looking In.

In addition to his own music, Simon has produced artists both in London and New York. He has performed with numerous established acts ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam, and his older brother, with notable song writing and vocal contributions to Iron Man and Psychoderelict. Other credits include 15 years as guitarist and vocalist in The Who, playing sold out tours of Europe, Asia and North America, and a monumental performance at the 2010 Super Bowl. He was referred to by one U.S. newspaper as The Who’s “secret weapon.”

Simon's own music is his priority and it has made a significant impact.the prolific composer continues to write, create and perform as well as provide support to some of rock music's legends.

Tickets are now on sale for Heart's 2013 Fanatic tour at the SOEC and can be purchased at www.ValleyFirstTix.com, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or in person at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC) and Penticton & Wine Country Visitor Centre.

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