Pete Townshend may miss his friends Keith Moon and John Entwistle, but he doesn’t miss being in a band with them.
Townshend was rather frank about his feelings in a new interview with Rolling Stone saying, “It’s not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone…Because they were fucking 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.”
Townshend detailed about Entwistle, “John’s bass sound was like a Messiaen organ. 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.'”
As for Moon, Townshend said, “With Keith, my job was keeping time, because he didn’t do that. So when he passed away, it was like, ‘Oh, I don’t have to keep time anymore.'”
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