Pete Townshend: ‘relationship with Roger keeps The Who together’

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Pete Townshend has said his “increasingly affectionate relationship” with Roger Daltrey is a major reason for The Who’s impressive

Pete Townshend has said his “increasingly affectionate relationship” with Roger Daltrey is a major reason for The Who’s impressive longevity. (To read the full article click HERE)
The rock legends have been going strong since 1964, and will release their twelfth album ‘Who’ in December.

“I still perform partly because of my ongoing, developing and increasingly affectionate relationship with Roger,” Pete told the Yorkshire Post.

“When you look back at where we started, I wouldn’t say we despised each other but we had very little in common. Now, we have very little in common but we really care about each other deeply.”

The singer says their appreciation has played a huge part in the band’s ongoing success.

“When you look back at where we started, I wouldn’t say we despised each other but we had very little in common. Now, we have very little in common but we really care about each other deeply.”

Founder and frontman Roger Daltrey tells Sky News: “We didn’t ever really split up. It was a necessary departure for a few years, because we had problems to solve, musical problems in the band. But we got over it, Pete [Townshend] and I, it runs deep together. It’s been said we split up – we didn’t.( By Bethany Minelle- Source Sky News, to read the full article click here)

“I just announced – Roger Daltrey Says- that this was going to be our last tour because I was very worried about Peter at the time, he was coming out of bad alcoholism and all kinds of stuff, all kind of naughties.

“And he cleaned himself up, and I just thought if we go back on tour and keep doing this, it’s going to kill him. And I love him, I don’t want that to happen. So there’s all these things that go on but it doesn’t mean that we split up. It’s never meant that.

“Of course the line-up has changed over the years, with the deaths of drummer Keith Moon in 1978 and bass guitarist John Entwistle in 2002. 

Some 55 years after forming, did they ever expect to be performing together once again at Wembley Stadium?

Daltrey admits: “Quite simply, no. We didn’t used to think we’d last ’til the end of the month or even the end of the week, that’s the kind of band we were.”

“The chemistry of the Who between us musically when we’re on stage, it’s telepathic. There’s something in the air that is intangible. You can’t put a finger on it, but I know it’s there between Pete and I. It can turn on a dime without even looking at each other. It just happens. It’s magical.”

Townshend, the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter, shines a harsher light on their relationship, crediting emotional distance and good work ethic as a reason for their longevity.

“I think our relationship as friends and as co-workers, it’s not an intimate one. When we travel on the road we don’t spend a lot of time together. I think what makes it interesting for us both is that this feels very much like work.”

However, Townshend also recognises the “magic” at the heart of the collaboration.

“I wanted to be an artist, but what I found by writing songs for The Who was there could be no better job.

“I had an audience, I had a band to write for and a great voice in Roger… And when we get together you know there’s also that thing about carrying the history that we do. It kind of imposes and interposes and interpolates a bit of magic. Nothing to do with us.”

 

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