Pete Townshend revealed that he was so turned off and exhausted by scoring the 1975 film version of Tommy that he passed on supplying the music for the 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.

Townshend recalled to, "I worked on the music with (director) Ken Russell for his adaptation of Tommy. And when I finished, after sort of six months of working with him, I took him aside and I said I would never ever ever work on a movie ever again, this is the worst thing that's ever happened to me, and I don't even really like the film! But I love Ken Russell, he's fantastic."

Townshend went on to say, "Anyway, afterwards (editor) Terry Rawlings gave me a script to look at, and I said, 'No, I'm not doing any more movies.' And he said, 'You must read this, mate, you must read this, it's fantastic it's by a guy called Ridley Scott.' And I said, 'I'm not doing any more films!' -- and I read the script, and I thought 'this is rubbish.' And I said to him 'It's rubbish, and I'm not doing any more films for you', and it was. . . Blade Runner."

Although Pete Townshend has recently gone on record as saying his solo career was ultimately a mistake for a number of reasons, and that the more Who-flavored material on his 1980 breakout set, Empty Glass, was a result of record company politics: "When I delivered the first few tracks to Atlantic, they said, 'Y'know, Who fans are not gonna like this stuff' and I said, 'I don't care; this is my solo music' and they said, ‘Y'know, we advanced you $1 million, we wanna sell it, it's gotta sound like the Who.' So, the concession that I made was to put a few tracks on Empty Glass that sounded a bit 'Who-ey,' but, y'know, I made sure the subjects were the subjects that I felt the Who probably wouldn't touch."

The Who will perform a pair of special acoustic shows on February 12th and 14th at Pryzm in Kingston-Upon-Thames, England.