In a bold new comment, The Who’s Pete Townshend has quite coldly said “thank God” his bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle are dead because they were “f**king difficult to work with.”
The interview with Rolling Stone, which preludes the band’s new releases in this year, the legendary 74-year-old guitarist said he was happy he didn’t have to play with drummer Moon or bassist Entwistle anymore.
He went on to suggest that the reason behind the band’s continued success was his own proficiency as a musician, he said: “I think my musical discipline, my musical efficiency as a rhythm player, held the band together.”
Later on in the chat he complained that Entwistle’s playing was like that of a ‘Messiaen organ’ and adding that Keith Moon wouldn’t bother to keep time during live gigs.
He told the magazine, “It’s not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone,” Townshend says, adding that they “never, ever managed to create bands for themselves.”