Pete Townshend co-writes tribute to Ronnie Lane

"Chameleon" features on the new album by Des Horsfall's Kuschty Rye

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Pete Townshend has co-written a song about Ronnie Lane with Lane’s wife, Kate.

The song, “Chameleon“, features on the new album by Des Horsfall’s Kuschty Rye. You can hear it below.

Townshend plays guitar and sings on the song, and composed the music; Kate Lane composed the lyrics for her husband.


“Chameleon” appears on The Bastard’s Tin, which is the second of a proposed trilogy of Kuschty Rye albums, names after Ronnie Lane’s 1979 song.

The project is dedicated to Lane and Slim Chance, the band Lane formed after leaving the Faces in 1973.

Townshend and Horsfall are accompanied on the song by Slim Chance’s Steve Simpson and Charlie Hart.


“Chameleon” is described as a “devotional love letter” from Kate Lane to her husband. It was written following their separation, after he was diagnosed with the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

You can find more information on the Kuschty Rye project by clicking here.

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