… if I look like I'm enjoying it, because I really don't enjoy it. He … The SG was clearly marked as a Pete Townshend limited edition model and came with a special case and certificate of authenticity, signed by Townshend himself. The Who once famously sang that they hoped they’d die before they got old. My daughter Aminta, for example, has got a full spectrum autistic boy. It was a gig. What I do has worked for them and continues to work for them. And…. And then, when he did respond, he said, these are songs for you, Pete. He loves doing it. I know your show is about old people. Now it appears that this might have been to save themselves from the drag of having to repeatedly play live shows night after night. The Who guitarist has taken aim at the legendary rock band's late rhythm section - drummer Keith died in 1978 while John passed away in 2002 - and suggested he's happier performing without them because he doesn't have to hold them "together". Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else. I might come off stage and look in the mirror and go, ‘Hee hee,’ but it’s mischievous. It was a song I wrote when I was 18 years old. And, in a sense, for people of my generation, who went through the LSD era of trying, in a sense, to find out who is God, you know, who am I, all of that stuff, you know, you suddenly realize, well, here it is. Pete Townshend Talks ‘Quieter’ ‘Tommy’ Concert, the Who’s Future Guitarist and songwriter on recapturing the joy of playing live, Roger Daltrey’s health and more By So it's a very beautiful thing. You know, one of us really, really, really wants to go on. Yes, the grand — friends of my grandmother. At least that seems to be the case for the band’s guitarist Pete Townshend, who has admitted he gets no real buzz from playing live performances. Townshend doesn’t see Daltrey socially, but nor did he socialise with the band’s Keith Moon and John Entwistle who, he says, lived the archetypal rock star life (and ultimately paid the price). The comment was made by Pete in a new interview with Rolling Stone. And it's great to be the person who kind of decides whether that happens or not. Townshend and the other surviving member of the original Who, lead singer Roger Daltrey, have hit the road again touring. Please check your inbox to confirm. Pete Townshend doesn’t sound like a guy who’s turning 70 and heading out on his band’s last major tour. I have a life. “I remember when I gave Joe Walsh an ARP 2600,” he said. Pete said he doesn’t miss the late drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle. In any case, I really love playing the classics.” Fascinating words from a rock ‘n’ roll master. The average for running a boat is 15 percent of the rebuild cost. I wrote the songs for Roger. It's now. And barring that, there’s always the limitlessness of John 4:10. And, therefore, you know, in a sense, the song "I Don't Wanna Get Wise" is another of, I don't want to get old. Andy Greene May 19, 2016. Then there’s this from 2012: Pete Townshend admits, during an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, that “I’m a bit of a neocon.” The Who’s top guy also says he believed Mitt Romney was going to win the last presidential election. The lead lyricist and guitarist says he actually doesn’t enjoy performing but views it as an “easy” job necessary to finance his lifestyle and support his family and staff. Share this: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who. Pete Townshend from The Who arrives at JFK Airport on Aug. 29, 2019 in New York City. And I should use the word sexual abuse. And, as a high-living rock star, money to him means yacht racing, one of his boats a classic from 1906. I know you don’t really get into them, but you should try this. I did it and I got paid. Townshend revealed the details behind this rig to me in a Guitar Player magazine interview in 1993. Thank you. We were just trying to demonstrate that banks needed to stop taking money for this. Our economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to an older worker of some note tonight about his music, his life traumas, his career as a rock star, and why he still feels the need to record a new album and hit the road at the age of 74. Paul Solman has been a business, economics and occasional art correspondent for the PBS NewsHour since 1985. So Pete Townshend is still on the road rocking for a living. And the patron is my audience. They hated me. It's not like buying "Playboy" magazine. But I’m good at it. So, I was dealing with his perception of what aging is and hoping — funny enough, he didn't connect with — I sent him about 15 songs. I heard nothing. Now, unlike so many his age, Townshend can continue to work. The Who guitarist Pete Townshend discussed his friendship with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder in a new Ultimate Classic Rock interview. My grandmother was off her trolley, unfortunately. I do it as a job. The Who’s Pete Townshend has admitted he gets no real buzz from playing live. It's not something that's ever going to go away. The fact is, I don’t really like performing. All Rights Reserved. Very Candid Pete Townshend Talks Dylan, Springsteen, Zeppelin, Spotify, And Why He Doesn’t Enjoy Performing News May 7, 2015 4:33 PM By Gabriela Tully Claymore Roger Daltrey wanted to do a tour of the complete "Tommy." I don't feel excited. In 2003, Townshend was arrested on child porn charges. Seth Rogovoy looks back at the group’s Jewish influences and Pete Townshend’s abandoned plans for a Zionist rock opera. Economics correspondent Paul Solman sits down with Townshend to discuss aging, surviving child abuse and art’s ability to inspire hope. Get the latest Classic Rock news, features, updates and giveaways straight to your inbox. Learn more about Friends of the NewsHour. Townshend, 74, is as engaged with his craft — and brutally honest and opinionated — as ever, with a new Who album completed and his debut novel, “The Age of Anxiety,” coming Nov. 5. This article is more than 3 years old. I wore my Apple watch for one gig, and it turned out that I'd walked, so it said, eight miles. I was living in London and getting pushed around by rich women in fur coats. And so I took him aside and I said, Roger, I can't do this. Fifty-five years after co-founding the rock band The Who, Pete Townshend is still at it. And on the first night, I had a nervous breakdown on the stage. This is too much, in a sense, a celebration of my difficulties, a celebration of my childhood suffering. One song Townshend penned for the new album, "I Don't Wanna Get Wise.". I'm really — if I'm absolutely honest, I'm really only working as hard as I am at the moment for money. But he's always said it was part of his own sting operation. . It was brief in my case. Pete Townshend reflects on the making of the Who's debut album, 'My Generation,' and how his post-art-school loneliness inspired a masterpiece. Pete Townshend originally wrote the songs on The Who's new album for Roger Daltrey as a solo artist. It doesn’t come from passivity. The Who has recently embarked on a 50th anniversary tour. I don't get very high, but I still try. The Visualeyes Archive/Redferns/Getty Fifty-five years after co-founding the rock band The Who, Pete Townshend is still at it. Not having fun … Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend (right) of the Who at the Desert Trip festival, California. Townshend even told the crowd: “We were 1967’s version of Adele or Lady Gaga or Rihanna or Bieber.” Which suggests that he was at least having a little bit of fun. ", He plans to turn it into an opera, like previous works "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia.". It's part of our Making Sense series Unfinished Business. Below is an excerpt: I … You know, I try. And I find it incredibly easy, so easy. I was only with my grandmother for two years. And when we worked out how much it would cost to get him through education, it came to a million pounds. In the end, though, Townshend believes in art and its ability to reinforce not suffering, but hope. Fifty-five years after co-founding the rock band The Who, Pete Townshend is still at it. In an interview with the Times, he said: “I’m such a boring fucker. The band performed for two hours at Desert Trip, playing hits including I Can’t Explain, My Generation and Behind Blue Eyes. And I employ people and the band employs people. The 12-minute performance will consist of a “compact medley” of five songs — Baba O’Riley , … And my method, as a musician, is to try to create events, to try to create musical moments where people gather, where they unify, and where they realize that just standing together and understanding that we all understand is very, very important. Townshend says his child pornography arrest led to his colon cancer diagnosis, which saved his life. How much of what you're feeling in terms of gratification is because you are continuing to work? I hated them all. It's a moment of power. "I wrote them for Roger because I knew that Roger would sing them best," he says. He didn't connect with any of them. For the "PBS NewsHour," this is Paul Solman in New York. The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has reflected on his longtime friendship with David Bowie on the fifth anniversary of his passing. And we did a test of it. Pete Townshend, the mastermind of legendary British rockers The Who, apparently didn’t get the memo. Well, isn't it a moment of power to go on tour, to have all those people sticking with you for all these years, your fan base? Townshend himself says he survived childhood abuse. Guitarist Pete Townshend has disclosed the set list to Billboard. The lead lyricist and guitarist says he actually doesn’t enjoy performing but views it as an “easy” job necessary to finance his lifestyle and support his family and staff. Whether or not Townshend has softened his view on The Beatles won’t ever really be known but at this moment, you can tell that the guitarist has no love for the most famous band in the world. It would cost about a million dollars, maybe a million-and-a-half dollars to build. The Who's lyricist and lead guitarist became known for his windmilling and mutilating his instruments. When it comes to things we can’t manufacture like faith, hope and love, Townshend (and Jesus) are on to something. Our economics correspondent Paul Solman sat down with The Who's Pete Townshend to discuss aging, surviving child abuse and art’s ability to inspire hope. It has consequences. Maybe the generational anthem of the '60s, with a line for the ages, and ageists. I could have worked in an abattoir.”, Just in case anyone was left in any doubt as to Townshend’s feelings about playing live, he added: “I don’t get high on stage. American Reckoning – A PBS NewsHour Special Report, Paul Solman And, you know, at 74 years old, oh, you know, it's still here. Let's say you tried to build it today. Later, speaking with Rolling Stone in 1982, Townshend … The guitarist, who admits he gets no real buzz from playing live, says he often comes off stage and thinks, ‘We pulled off another scam’, Last modified on Wed 31 May 2017 16.33 BST. And I want to keep doing it, if I can. "Tommy," the film and hit Broadway rock opera about a boy struck deaf, dumb and blind by trauma, turns out to have been an allegory of that experience. Our economics correspondent Paul Solman sat down with The Who's Pete Townshend to discuss aging, surviving child abuse and art’s ability to inspire hope. Sh*t went berserk online after THE WHO axeman Pete Townshend made a stupid statement on hate bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle. The Who also have a new album out called "Who" about, among other things, aging. It was great!’ It wasn’t great. I'm me. Townshend and Roger Daltrey have been performing together since the 1960s. You're famous for the line "I hope I die before I get old.". Pete Townshend of The Who performs during the 2017 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on Aug. 13, 2017 in San Francisco, Calif. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images Pete Townshend – the work’s sole author – recently re-mastered Quadrophenia, compiling his demos and notes for a box set. That was pretty terrifying. As I said to my wife, now, Rachel, I said, I must be a really brilliant actor…. It means nothing to me.”, Talking about the Desert Trip festival in California, which the Who recently played alongside the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney, Townshend continued: “I would be a liar if I said, ‘It was really fun, man. But Pete Townshend, who wrote those lyrics, doesn't live by them; 55 years after co-founding the rock band The Who, Townshend is still at it. And I think he will do it until he drops. Over the years, Townshend brought energy a plenty to the stage. I aligned the idea of the wisdom of aging, the wisdom of experience, the wisdom of suffering, the wisdom of passing through life, being something which is a mark of aging. I have actually come to realize that this time of life is probably the best. © 1996 - 2021 NewsHour Productions LLC. So, it's $200,000 a year to run a tiny little boat I go racing in twice a year. I completely unconsciously use this idea as a vehicle for exploring my own really quite tragic story. And I said, no, Roger, these are songs for you. The comments are likely to anger some fans of the band, especially those who shelled out upwards of £1,000 on tickets to Desert Trip. Desert Trip review - McCartney, Stones and co give Oldchella a hint of rebellion. Townshend, who just played Desert Trip festival in California with The Who, discussed his relationship with performing in an interview with The Times.The guitarist said “I’m such a boring fucker.It means nothing to me.” adding, “I would be a liar if I said, ‘It was really fun, man. Fifty-five years after co-founding the rock band The Who, Pete Townshend is still at it. Paul Solman. Indeed, I would say that I don't like it much. We pulled off another scam.’”. However, it’s fair to say Townshend doesn’t let his disinterest manifest itself in a lacklustre set. Because he doesn't want to face the aging the way you do? I don't eat well. The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I don’t really like performing'. “I thought he was throwing the money in such buckets,” Townshend says. It’s, ‘What a load of crap. For Townshend, there's another economic incentive to keep going, his sizable retinue of dependents. I don't think that's my story. Well, I'm happy to be here as an old person. And write one, too. I don’t feel uplifted on the stage. I shouldn't shy away from that, that some of the abuse that I suffered was sexual. I have no — there's no thrill. I feel I'm there to do a job. There are several Gibson Pete Townshend signature guitars, such as the Pete Townshend SG, the Pete Townshend J-200, and three different Pete Townshend Les Paul Deluxes. “[Joe] went, ‘Pete, I bought you a Gretsch Country Gentleman [actually a 6120 Chet Atkins] like Neil Young uses. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/the-whos-pete-townshend-doesnt-enjoy-performing-heres-what-hed-rather-do, Citing ‘love for America,’ Pelosi formally requests articles of impeachment, News Wrap: U.S. official says Iran may have killed 1,000 in protest crackdown, Of Trump’s potentially impeachable conduct, ‘the facts are in dispute,’ says Collins. He calls his new novel, "The Age of Anxiety" — quote — "an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity. Subscribe to ‘Here's the Deal,’ our politics newsletter. The Who’s Pete Townshend has admitted that he doesn’t really like performing. And then there's me, who really actually — I know, I would prefer to just go sailing and read a book. I certainly — I don't exercise. When you hit 70, when you hit 75, as I will next birthday, you realize that — you know, that you're definitely on a shorter leash. Nothing. And he didn't respond for five months. The Who’s Pete Townshend says he felt so “excited” that he couldn’t sleep following recent shows in Europe and Mexico. So, are you in part working at your age because you feel that you are a source, as indeed you are, of people coming together? I have minutes, I have hours, I have weeks, months, years, maybe, and I should live in the present. I always used to say, you know, I'm like a diamond with a flaw, and the flaw is that period of abuse. But I don’t enjoy performing. As an artist, I feel very, very lucky to have, what do they call it, a patron. 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