THE WHO’s PETE TOWNSHEND On Late Bandmates KEITH MOON And JOHN ENTWISTLE: ‘Thank God They’re Gone’


In a new interview with Rolling Stone, THE WHO guitarist Pete Townshend has revealed that he doesn’t particularly miss the band’s late drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle.

“It’s not going to make WHO fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone,” guitarist said.

“Because they were f*cking difficult to play with. They never, ever managed to create bands for themselves. I think my musical discipline, my musical efficiency as a rhythm player, held the band together.”

John’s bass sound was like a Messiaen organ,” Townshend said. “Every note, every harmonic in the sky. When he passed away and I did the first few shows without him, with Pino [Palladino] on bass, he was playing without all that stuff…. I said, ‘Wow, I have a job.’ ”

“With Keith, my job was keeping time, because he didn’t do that,” he continued. “So when he passed away, it was, like, ‘Oh, I don’t have to keep time anymore.'”