The Who’s Pete Townshend: ‘I wish I’d never joined a band’

Guitarist speaks in new magazine from makers of Uncut

The Who‘s Pete Townshend has declared that he wishes he had never joined a band.

The guitarist was speaking in the new one-off magazine The Who: The Ultimate Music Guide, made by the makers of Uncut.

Townshend said that he thinks that despite the band’s legacy he thinks he’d have done even better as a solo performer. He also said would be in better health now if he’d gone down that route.

“What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band,” he said. “Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration.”

He added: “I would have made a much more effective solo performer and producer working the way Brian Eno has worked. I would be less physically damaged today.

“My ears, right wrist and shoulder would work more efficiently. In all other respects I am in extremely good shape.”

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