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2015-05-31 – The Index Journal

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Pete Townshend arrives Thursday at Musicares event in New York.

Who? Townshend, Daltrey,
Springsteen jam in NYC

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Bruce
Springsteen called Pete
Townshend “the greatest
rhythm guitarist of all-time,”
told a story about attending
his first Who concert as a
pimply-faced teenager and
joined Townshend and sur-
prise guest Roger Daltrey
onstage for a rocking set.

The rock icons attended
the MusiCares MAP Fund
benefit Thursday night in
New York City, where Town-
shend and longtime Who
manager Bill Curbishley
were honored for their chari-
table efforts.

Springsteen, Daltrey
and Townshend joined
forces for “My Generation”
at the Best Buy Theater in
Times Square. They closed
the event with “Won’t Get
Fooled Again,” and were
joined by Billy Idol and Wil-
lie Nile, who both hit the
stage for solo sets earlier in
the night.

“It’s gonna be good. It’s
gonna be bad, but good-
bad,” Townshend said before
the finale.

Springsteen presented
Townshend with the Stevie
Ray Vaughan Award for his

commitment to the Musi-
Cares MAP Fund, which
provides members of the
music community access to
addiction recovery treatment
regardless of their financial

The Boss said The Who
was the first rock concert
he saw in the late ‘603 When
the English band first toured

“All I knew was for some
reason this music and the
demolishing of these perfect-
ly fine instruments filled me
with incredible joy,” Springs—
teen said.

Springsteen said he was
so inspired he imitated The
Who’s set as a 16-year-old in
the band The Castiles when
he performed in for a school

“I went out and I bought
a smoke bomb and I bought
a strobe light and I brought
them to the gig. At the end
of the night, I lit the smoke
bomb in the Catholic school
basement, I turned on the
strobe light and I climbed on
top of my Danelectro ampli-
fier holding a vase of flow—
ers I’d stolen from one of the

upstairs classrooms,” he said.

“As the nuns looked on
with horror, I reached up
and smashed them onto the
dance floor.”

Springsteen earned a rous-
ing applause from the crowd,
but he also got serious in his
near eight—minute speech.

“Pete, I’m here to say,
‘Congratulations, well
deserved.’ And thanks, not
just for ‘Who’s Next’ or ‘Who
Are You: but for Who I am,”
he said.

Townshend, who turned
70 this month, told the
crowd about smoking weed
as an art student, tripping on
LSD and turning to alcohol
after using drugs.

“I was doing like three
bottles of brandy a day
and I think I don’t look too
bad for someone that drank
cognac for 15 years,” he said
to laughs from the audience.

“But the secret for me to
be able to do this tour with
The Who, this 50th anni-
versary tour, and still kind
of put on a reasonable show
has been (because of) the
30 years I’ve been clean,” he
added to loud cheers.