Pete Townshend’s Smashing Guitar Legacy

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Pete Townshend (Photo © Elliott Landy. Used with permission)

On February 7, 2022, The Who revealed a North American tour, called “The Who Hits Back,” with dozens of shows in the spring and the remainder in the autumn. See the complete itinerary below. U.K. fans are still waiting for the band to perform there again.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will be joined by a full live band comprised of guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, second keyboardist Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and backing vocals by Billy Nicholls, along with orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder and “some of the area’s finest orchestras.”

In their early years, The Who were known for frequently smashing – and breaking – their instruments at their concerts. Wait for it…

Related: Our 2016 review of The Who

Back in the day, the very talented David Skinner tickled the funny bone of the music business with his regular cartoons in the fondly remembered music trade magazine Record World. He has colorized one of his older drawings for Best Classic Bands in commemoration of this vital aspect of The Who’s legacy: smashing good shows.

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The Who Hits Back! 2022 Tour (Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and here)
April 22 / Hard Rock Live / Hollywood, FL*
April 24 / VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena / Jacksonville, FL
April 27 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL
April 30 / New Orleans Jazz Festival
May 03 / Moody Center ATX / Austin, TX
May 05 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
May 08 / Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion / The Woodlands, TX
May 10 / Paycom Center / Oklahoma City, OK
May 13 / FedEx Forum / Memphis, TN
May 15 / TQL Stadium / Cincinnati, OH
May 18 / TD Garden / Boston, MA
May 20 / Wells Fargo Center / Philadelphia, PA
May 23 / Capital One Arena / Washington, D.C.
May 26 / Madison Square Garden / New York City, NY
May 28 / Bethel Woods Center of the Arts / Bethel, NY

Oct 02 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON
Oct 04 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI
Oct 07 / UBS Arena / Belmont Park, NY
Oct 09 / Schottenstein Center / Columbus, OH
Oct 12 / United Center / Chicago, IL
Oct 14 / Enterprise Center / St. Louis, MO
Oct 17 / Ball Arena / Denver, CO
Oct 20 / Moda Center / Portland, OR
Oct 22 / Climate Pledge Arena / Seattle, WA
Oct 26 / Golden 1 Center / Sacramento, CA
Oct 28 / Honda Center / Anaheim, CA
Nov 01 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Nov 04 / Dolby Live at Park MGM / Las Vegas, NV
Nov 05 / Dolby Live at Park MGM / Las Vegas, NV

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  1. JohnnyCNote
    #1 JohnnyCNote 23 May, 2016, 00:28

    Townshend has to be the most overrated guitar player who’s ever lived…

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    • fraz
      fraz 20 February, 2019, 19:43

      No way. He’s one of the most original, innovative, and unique guitar players. He invented the power chord, was among the first to use feedback, and his flamenco-style acoustic playing is second to none. Can he solo and shred like Eddie Van Halen? No, but Eddie Van Halen can’t play like Townshend either.

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  2. Kilowatt
    #2 Kilowatt 17 February, 2022, 11:03

    While I like some of The Who’s stuff, they always seemed like a band that needed a lead guitar player. Townsend penchant for smashing perfectly good guitars seemed like frustration at his lack of talent.

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