Pete Townshend Surprised The Who Didn't Break Up

(Classic Rock) The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says he's still surprised the band didn't split up and he credits late drummer Keith Moon with keeping them together.

Townshend and Daltrey have continued working despite the deaths of Moon in 1978 and bassist John Entwistle in 2002. But the iconic axeman who last week apologised for swearing at a young girl says things could have been so different.

He tells Spinner: "Bands are peculiar things. It could be magic, in a way, two musicians performing together. it doesn't necessarily mean they will be friendly.

"There have been exceptions I've got a friend Eric Mingus, who's the son of Charlie Mingus. He tells stories about Thelonius Monk coming around and sitting him on his knee and playing the piano. I find those stories intoxicating and I want to know more: the idea that Thelonius Monk and Charlie Mingus would actually hang out in his house and bounce their respective children on their respective knees is kind of delightful.

"But it's not something that is necessary between musicians. You can walk onstage with a bunch of people that you hate and produce fantastic music." more on this story

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