The Who’s Pete Townshend apologises for comments about Keith Moon and John Entwistle
The Who’s Pete Townshend has come forward to apologise for the comments he made about his former bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle.
Far Out reported earlier this week that Townshend coldly said “thank God” his late bandmates Moon and Entwistle are dead because they were “fucking difficult to work with.”
In an 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.”
Now though, Townshend has come forward to release a statement apologising for his comments. He began in a lengthy post on social media: “My interview with Rolling Stone. Headline: ‘Pete Townshend says “thanks God” Moon, John Entwistle are dead; they were fucking difficult to play with.”
“This was said as part of an interview in response to a series of questions about Who history, the early days and how it is today. PETE! FOR FUCK’S SAKE PUT A LID ON IT! No one can ever know how much I miss Keith and John, as people, as friends and as musicians. The alchemy we used to share in the studio is missing from the new album, and it always feels wrong to try to summon it up without them, but I suppose we will always be tempted to try. To this day I am angry at Keith and John for dying. Sometimes it shows. It’s selfish, but it’s how I feel”
He added: “But I am sincerely grateful to have had these second and third incarnations as a member of what we still dare to call The Who – once after Keith passed, then again after John passed. I do thank God for this, but I was being ironic in my own English way by suggesting it is something I am glad about. I can be grateful to be free as a player and writer, but sad about losing old friends. It does feel ironic, and it also makes me angry. Towards the end of my mother Betty’s life she drove me barmy, and there was a huge sense of relief when she finally passed, but I miss her very much. Love has so many facets.”