The Who, seen here in their early days, have now earned a reputation as one the world’s most influential rock acts, and the latest news from the camp suggests their will be another new album soon.
The Who’s new ‘Amazing Journey’ DVD chronicles the band’s incredible story, which has now spanned five eventful decades.
The Who scored a massive success in 1973 with the ‘Quadrophenia’ album, which inspired the classic 1979 movie starring Phil Daniels and, er, Sting.
The Who shortly before Moon’s tragic death. The drummer’s exploits are recounted in the awesome biography ‘Dear Boy’.
The Who entered a lean period in the second half of the 70s – although Pete Townshend penned the 1978 hit single ‘Who Are You’ after an evening out drinking with the Sex Pistols.
The Who’s frontman Roger Daltrey settled into the bare-chested ‘rock god’ role after the success of the concept album ‘Tommy’ in 1969.
The Who kicked off the 70s by conquering America with the ‘Who’s Next’ album, which was salvaged from a project Pete Townsh3end called ‘Lifehouse’.
When The Who’s bass player John Entwistle passed away in 2002, the band were left without their original rhythm section. But Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have soldiered on, releasing new album ‘Endless Wire’ in 2006.
FACT: Animal from ‘The Muppets” energetic style of playing was based on The Who drummer Keith Moon. Moon died aged 32 in 1978 from an accidental overdose.
The Who’s bass player John ‘The Ox’ Entwistle was see as the ‘quiet man’ of the group – he died of a heart attack in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2002.
The Who’s 60s stage show was regarded as one of the best, loudest and most volatile in the world, with Townshend’s windmill-style guitar theatrics becoming his trademark.
The band’s popularity grew after they scored a Number Two hit in 1965 with ‘My Generation’, which they still play live despite the ‘Hope I die before I get old’ line.
The Who’s early success came about as a result of their attachment to the mod scene in London, and they soon drew big crowds to their regular shows at The Marquee in the city’s West End.
The Who’s drummer Keith Moon was one of rock’s most flamboyant and eccentric characters, though bandmate Pete Townshend also confirmed that he could be a "pain in the arse".
The Who’s manager Kim Lambert, flanked by drummer Keith Moon (left) and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend, helped the band to their early success. He died aged 45 in 1981.
The Who, whose singer Roger Daltrey is pictured here, saw their amazing journey begin back in the 60s, when they were originally known as The High Numbers.
The Who had a string of hits in the 60s, including the classics ‘Substitute’, ‘Pictures Of Lily’, ‘I Can’t Explain’ and ‘Pinball Wizard’.
The Who’s guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend penned all of the bans classic songs, and is credited by many as being the innovator of the ‘concept’ album.
The Who’s amazing journey has taken in death, destruction, drugs, alcoholism, in-fighting and era-defining music – and, incredibly, they are still around, headlining Glastonbury Festival in June 2007.
The Who continue to be an enormous influence on today’s big rock outfits – the likes of Oasis, The Enemy and Kasabian.