Pete Townshend to Receive Les Paul Award -
The Who's Pete Townshend will be presented with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards to be held at the Anaheim Hilton during the 2013 NAMM show.
The legendary lead guitarist and principal song writer for
The Who will receive the award on Friday 25th
January. Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio,
the TEC Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in professional
audio technology and production.
According to Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation,
"Following in Les' footsteps, Pete Townshend personifies both guitar wizardry and technical prowess in both studio and live music performance. He is a true original and a natural choice for the Les Paul Award honour."
The Les Paul Award is named in honour of the musician and maverick inventor who passed away in 2009. Russ Paul, son of Les, will present Townshend with the award on behalf of the Les Paul foundation. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Al Kooper, and other musical giants since the award was instituted in 1991.
The TEC Awards will be held on the second night of the NAMM Show and is expected to attract more than 1,000 audio and music professionals from around the world. Proceeds of the ceremony provide scholarships for students of the audio arts and sciences, and support programs promoting safe hearing in the music environment, an issue of special importance to Townshend.