The Who's Pete Townshend blasts Keith Moon and John Entwistle

The Who's Pete Townshend blasts Keith Moon and John Entwistle

The Who's Pete Townshend blasts Keith Moon and John Entwistle

Pete Townshend says Keith Moon and John Entwistle were "f***ing difficult to play with".

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".

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, he said: "It's not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they're gone. Because they were f***ing 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."

The 74-year-old star - who still works with frontman Roger Daltrey - didn't hold back as he criticised his late bandmates, and claimed playing live with new musicians made him more relaxed on stage.

He explained: "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'.

"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.' "

Pete also had some strong words for Keith's conduct in the studio, as he claimed he used to think the sessions were a "f***ing waste of time".

He added: "We're not a band anymore. There's a lot of people who don't like it when I say it, but we're just not a f***ing band. Even when we were, I used to sit there thinking, 'This is a f***ing waste of time. Take 26 because Keith Moon has had one glass of brandy too many.' "


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