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Let’s hope these Pete Townshend quotes are out of context

Let’s hope these Pete Townshend quotes are out of context
It must be a difficult time to be Pete Townshend, because you’re still releasing material as The Who, but you’re also worried a certain other part of your history doesn’t resurface and get you shut down. If you think that’s a mean opening and bad view of the past, oh boy, have we some quotes for you.
 
We assume Pete was having a bad day, because he’s taken the don’t speak ill of the dead idea behind a barn and shot it. Asked by Rolling Stone how he feels about footage of old bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle, who both died from substance abuse issues, he dropped the following bombshells:
 
“It’s not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone… Because they were fucking difficult to play with… They never, ever managed to create bands for themselves. I think my musical discipline, my musical efficiency as a rhythm player, held the band together.”
 
“John’s bass sound was like a Messiaen organ. Every note, every harmonic in the sky. When he passed away and I did the first few shows without him, with Pino on bass, he was playing without all that stuff… I said, ‘Wow, I have a job’… With Keith, my job was keeping time, because he didn’t do that. So when he passed away, it was like, ‘Oh, I don’t have to keep time anymore’.”
 
Not in a forgiving mood then.
 

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