Pete Townshend is pretty confident that the music the Who makes on stage and on record these days is fully age appropriate. Townshend was interviewed by The Dallas Morning News and spoke candidly about his relationship with Roger Daltrey, and explained how one of rock's most vitriolic relationships finally morphed into a true, loving brotherhood. Townshend revealed, “Growing old includes growing up. Even in the rock business. I listen now to what Roger says, attend to what he needs as an artist and try to be a supportive colleague on stage. I also try to sincerely demonstrate that I love him.”

The Who's current symphonic tour features the band mainly performing in arenas — but as summer closes out, the Who has played outdoors to mixed results: “A few nights ago we performed at Jones Beach, an outdoor venue in New York. Just about everything that could go wrong happened: instruments going out of tune in the high humidity and changing temperatures, and me taking two painkillers, having forgotten I hadn't eaten all day.”

He went on to say, “The show before was at Fenway Park in Boston, and the sound was like a concert hall — the performance, perfect. We play the same notes every night — the challenge is to make them sound as good every night. . . and we are not in control of the venues.”

When pressed about younger generations pondering deeper questions — like the Who's original fans did — Townshend said, “They still are, you just have to learn the language of the neighborhood. But by the time you've learned it, the code will be different. For years, I never understood what Bob Dylan was going on about. I didn't realize a lot of what he was doing was asking questions, inviting us to think for ourselves.”

Townshend explained, “Climate change is becoming the new spiritual calling. It's less about the desire of the individual to achieve some cosmic peace, and more about every single one of us being able to enjoy this amazing planet as our spiritual playground into the future.”

Pete Townshend has finally found a way to go out on the road and maintain both his sanity and independence — something that he found hard to keep hold of during the Who's touring heyday with John Entwistle and Keith Moon. He recalled that during the mid-'70s, his tenure in the Who — especially when on the road — had become unbearable: “I always felt uncomfortable, I always felt ill at ease. And my wife, for example, it drove her nuts, y'know? I would come back from a tour and she'd say, 'Well, what was it like?' And I'd say, 'It was hell!' And she'd say, 'Well, why do you do it?' And I would say, 'Because I don't have a choice.' And she'd say, 'Well you do have a choice.' And I'd say, 'Well, I don't have a choice! I don't have a choice!' I felt trapped. I felt imprisoned. But I also felt that as a band, we were performing a function.”


Pete Townshend will appear on October 26th at UCLA's Royce Hall in a live performance of his wife Rachel Fuller's Animal Requeum. Townshend, who'll perform along with Jewel and Jane Lynch posted on his Facebook page: “Come celebrate, honour and remember all the animals we have loved and lost. There will be no magic bus or electric guitar. But it’ll be an amazing evening.” Tickets are available through the website

Townshend and Elton John will be involved and another Fuller-led project, having contributed to her new musical The Seeker. Fuller had previously described the project “as being inspired by the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.”

Best Classic Bands reported: “An album originally expected to be released in 2018, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is now coming in June 2020, with an all-star assemblage of actors and singers. Christopher Plummer is the narrator. South African singer and actor Nakhane is Saddartha. Townshend is the Ferryman. Elton John is Kamaswami. British singer Emeli Sande is The River. The cast also includes Indian singer Sunidhi Chauhan, British actor Tyrone Huntley and Indian singer-producer Biddu. (Best Classic Bands)