The Who’s Pete Townshend has revealed that he used to be pansexual when he was younger.
Townshend has previously opened up about his sexual encounters with both men and women in the past. However, he’s never before put a label on his sexuality. The guitarist said that back during his younger days, he didn’t care about biological sex, gender, or gender identity and would sleep with anyone he felt attracted to.
The mastermind behind The Who was quoted by The Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column as saying: “With ‘I’m A Boy’ [1966 single] it’s the idea of masculinity and the way that men are seen to be at a time when I often forget, to be homosexual, to be pansexual, as I think I probably was, but not anymore. But I think I was ready to fall into bed with anybody that would have me.”
He continued: “I think I forget that homosexuality was still illegal, so these adventures had to be couched in vignettes of humour and irony.”
Earlier this year, Townshend revealed that he’d spent the pandemic working in the studio, and was ready to make another album if everything made sense.
“There’s pages and pages of draft lyrics,” he told Uncut. “If the moment comes, I’ll go in and start.”
However, this was seemingly quashed by Roger Daltrey. He said in the same interview: “Will there be another Who album? I don’t know,” the singer said. “There’s no record market any more. Everybody talks about streaming, but have you seen what artists get from that? It’s a joke.”