Pete Townshend’s Regret About The Who

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Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon founded The Who in 1964. Soon, they became one of the most influential bands of all time. They ruled the rock scene in the 20th century, and their instrumental skills were like lessons for other musicians.

The drummer Keith Moon passed away in 1978 and saddened the industry, but the band continued its presence and is still active after returning from a hiatus in 1999. Pete Townshend, the lead guitarist who is also a multi-instrumentalist, was also a personality in the public eye with his contribution to his band. Hence, his statements about wishing he had never joined the band in 2011 surprised his fans and made them wonder why.

Pete Townshend Is Bad At ‘Creative Collaboration’

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Pete has been present in the music world since 1962 when he tiptoed to the industry with the Detours. He was the leader of the band, and their music revolved around making jazz and pop music covers. Townshend dipped fully into fame with The Who in 1964, establishing his career with a band from the beginning. In a 2011 interview, he surprisingly stated his regrets for joining The Who even though he is one of the band’s co-founders.

Pete stated that he was a ‘good gang member’ and ‘a good trooper on the road’ but was not good at ‘creative collaboration.’ Townshend admitted that if he had taken the direction of being a solo performer, he would have had more impact and gave the example of Brian Eno, known to be the pioneer of ambient music and highly contributing to the rock genre. He added that his physical health conditions worsened due to playing with The Who, and if he were a solo musician, that would somehow be less.

Here are Townshend’s words:

“I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration. I would have made a much more effective solo performer and producer working the way Brian Eno has worked. I would be less physically damaged today. My ears, right wrist, and shoulder would work more efficiently.”

Fans define The Who as Pete Townshend and Pete Townshend as The Who. Hence, it is a difficult confession to accept for them. But he is still involved with The Who and released their latest studio album in 2019. Most recently, Townshend and Daltrey, the band’s two surviving members, announced their ‘The Who Hits Back’ tour, planned to kick off in April 2022.