The Who’s Pete Townshend claims he rejected Morrissey’s offer to produce two of his albums

Townshend says Moz asked to work with him shortly after leaving The Smiths

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has revealed that Morrissey once asked him if he would produce two of his solo albums – and he rejected the offer.

Townshend – whose band recently stated that they’ll part ways this year – told Q that the former Smiths frontman approached him shortly after leaving the Manchester band.

“Morrissey asked me to produce albums for him after the Smiths, twice,” Townshend claimed, adding that Moz sent him a letter that read: “Will you produce an album for me? Morrissey”.

However, Townshend says that despite the fact that he “really loves The Smiths”, he rejected the offer because he would have preferred to work with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.

“I did say to [The Who manager] Bill Curbishley, I really love The Smiths — if I could replace Johnny Marr in the picture there, we might get a really great album.”

Townshend also revealed that he kept the letters that Morrissey originally sent him.


Meanwhile, Morrissey recently announced a handful of UK live dates. The singer has scheduled shows in London and Hull for later this year.

The former Smiths frontman will play Hull Arena on September 18, followed by a pair of gigs at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on September 20 and 21.