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Just Be Patient! The Who Will Be Here

BY LORAINE ALTERMAN

Free Press Teen Writer

"The Who” didn’t make it 'to
Detmit on their recent trip to
the states. but I did manage to
talk to their guitarist, Pete
Townshend, on the phone last
week.

The group was in New York
to do Murray the K’s big
Easter show; they had to
hurry back to England last
3 Monday.

Their work permits did not
allow them to perform in De-
troit this trip, but they’ll be
on a [5.8. tour from July 7-
Sept. 4 with the Hermits and
hopefully, they’ll make De-
triot then.

The group—Roger Daltrey,
lead singer; John Entwistle,
bass; Keith Moon, drums—
has been to New York once
before. but this was the first
time they performed there.

“We're doing well here."
Pete said in his very British
accent. "It‘s important for us
to perform in public. You real-
ly can’t tell what we do by our
records.”

‘Coming to States
Turned Us On’

Pete discovered that “com-
ing to the States turned the
band on” and that “it was

great to get reactions from the
kids."

He also put in: “We‘ve had
a. great time in New York.
We’ve built up a following
slowly but surely here . . .
Every time we play we get
more fans.”

Pete, as you may know, is
noted for getting so carried
away on stage that he smashes
his guitars. So far, he claims
to have broken about 25 gui-

Destroyer of 25 guitars. Pete Townshend. left. with
the rest of England’s Who. From left, next to Pete,

are John Entwistle. Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey.
Over the phone, Pete said: “We had a great time.”

tars, but says , that he’s put
some together out of the
smashed-up bits.

“A lot of groups forget the
boys in the audience,” he said,
in explaining the destruction.
“We have as many boys as
fans as girls. The boys like
an aggressive thing like smash-
ing the equipment. We’re not
just a good-looking, long-hair-
ed group. The boys also can
get their t e e th into our
music.”

Pete doesn‘t worry too much
about the damages. He ex-
plained that because he writes
all their singles and gets more
royalties from that, he earns
more than the others in the
group. The cost of the guitars
just means he has to keep on

earning more.

“The aim of our music is to
move and impress people,”
Pete explained. “I don’t try to
write in any particular vein.
In England, it’s easy to write
a song for what it’s worth and
not worry about a follow-up
song.”

“The Who" have been to-
gether about 2% years. A
friend came up with the
name. "Tihe group needed
that kind of name in the be-
ginning before we had our
own sound," Pete said.

“The name attracted atten-
tion and people came to see
what the group was. Then
when they saw the group
they liked us for the music.
The name also looks good on
a theatre marquee because
it's short."

Originally. “The Who" was
playing blues and Motown
things until they found their
own style, which utilizes feed-
back.

At present, Pete finds the
American pop scene “exciting
to me . . . so much is going on.
It‘s bigger than the British
scene. There are more people
and more fun.”

New ‘Mothers’
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