Watch Pete Townshend Smashing guitar at Jimmy Fallon


Kamal Gray, Stro Elliot, Roger Daltrey of The Who, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, host Jimmy Fallon, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Pete Townshend of The Who, James Poyser, “Captain” Kirk Douglas, Mark Kelly, and Damon Bryson during “Classroom Instruments” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 15, 2019. (billboard reports)

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have played The Who’s iconic rock rebellion anthem “Won’t Get Fooled Again” in just about every arena and stadium in the world. But it’s safe to say that they’ve never played it on a plastic toy ukulele and child’s tambourine before. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icons crammed into the Tonight Show classroom on Wednesday night (May 15) to rip through a spirited version of the song with house band The Roots and host Jimmy Fallon, who contributed some wood block and enthusiastic backing vocals.

Townshend even ended the segment with his signature guitar smashing bit, breaking the colorful ukulele in half as Daltrey joked that he was leaving the band.

Last night a MSG

More than 50 bodies took the Madison Square Garden stage Monday night to heighten and reinvigorate a long list of Who tunes, many of which were plucked from the band’s two great opuses, “Quadrophenia” and “Tommy” — the latter, which helped coin the term “rock opera,” celebrates its own 50th birthday later this month.

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The concert was sliced into three movements: first, a “Tommy”-centered medley with the orchestra (a different, local outfit for each show) at full strength; then a cluster of early-career odds and ends without the symphonic outfit; and finally a “Quadrophenia”-focused segment that concluded as most Who shows have in recent memory, with the ever-bombastic “Baba O’Riley.”

After about an hour, the ensemble left the stage and the core band — now merely a seven-piece — ran through a handful of “golden oldies, just like we are,” as Daltrey put it.


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