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Pete Townshend: “Give Blood” Live, with Chucho Merchan

Here’s Pete Townshend and one big band performing “Give Blood” live, with Chucho Merchan on a fretless Steinbergers bass. Also of note is Simon Phillips on drums and David Gilmour on electric guitar.

Merchan has performed with the Eurythmics, The Pretenders, Thomas Dolby, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Bryan Adams, Kirsty MacColl, Jaguares and Everything But the Girl.

The tune, which appeared on Townshend’s 1985 solo effort, White City, featured Pino Palladino on bass.

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Chuco’s part is more subdued that what Pino played on the album.

Trev Furlong

Trev Furlong

Had a long chat with Chucho once in Ronnie Scotts. Really nice guy who wanted my Elites Bass Strings t-shirt that said “Put more Bass in”. I offered to swap it for his funky hat, but he was having none of it. We shared bass stories, but he had better ones than I did.