(hennemusic) On a day off from The Who's current tour, Pete Townshend stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday to talk about his memoir and share some legendary stories, including the origin of Pete's famous windmill.
"We were a little R n'B band
and we supported the [Rolling] Stones on two shows; they were brand new, they were young, they had one hit with Chuck Berry's 'Come On,'" explained Townshend. "As the curtain opened, Keith Richards is kind of doing this (demonstrates windmill move). I thought it was part of his thing."
"Anyway, a couple of weeks later," Pete continued, "we support them again at a little club out in south London, and I'm watching carefully waiting and he doesn't do it. So, I go up to him afterwards and I said, 'Keith, you didn't do your arm swing thing.' And he went, 'What?' I said 'you know, that kind of windill-y thing
you know, your thing.' I can't tell you what he said. So, I picked it up
and I was inspired by Keith Richards in many ways." See video from his appearance here.