Pete Townshend: “I don’t find The Who’s shows fulfilling – but I’m brilliant at it”

The Who guitarist discusses Roger Daltrey and the future of the band

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Pete Townshend discusses his relationship with Roger Daltrey, retirement and the future of The Who in the new issue of Uncut, dated June 2015 and out now.

The guitarist and songwriter admits that he’s not “particularly excited” about heading out on tour with The Who – who are reportedly the final headliner for this year’s Glastonbury – stating that he finds the performances too easy.

“The shows? I don’t like them. I don’t find them fulfilling. But I’m brilliant at it. I find it incredibly easy. I drift through it.


“I get out the other end and the next day, somebody comes up to me and says, ‘You were fucking amazing yesterday!’

“It’s like being able to make a pair of shoes and knowing that you’ve got to a point that whenever you make a pair of shoes for somebody they’re going to last them for life. I don’t get particularly excited about it, but I do find it easy.”

The new issue of Uncut is out now

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