Pete Townshend’s Smashing Guitar Legacy

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

The Who have revealed a brief 2023 tour of Europe and the U.K.

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 a full orchestra led by conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder.

In the U.K. announcement, Daltrey said, “Just because it is The Who with an orchestra, in no way does it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. It is full throttle Who with horns and bells on.” A souvenir from their 2019 concert at London’s Wembley Stadium is being released on March 31.

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 have a number of dates on their concert calendar. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and here.

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

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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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