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Mar252011

The Who's Pete Townshend Reflects on the Road Not Travelled

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Here's a surprise: if Pete Townshend could have done it differently, he says he never would have played guitar for The Who -- or any band, for that matter.  It's not, however, because he doesn't like his band mates.  In a special issue of Uncut magazine, Townshend declares, "I would never have joined a band," adding, "I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration."  Townshend says that he thinks a better move for him would have been to go the solo artist route, comparing himself to Brian Eno. 

Townshend also says becoming a solo artist would have been much better for his health.  "My ears, right wrist and shoulder would work more efficiently. In all other respects I am in extremely good shape,"  he says.  Townshend, who turns 66 in May, suffers from an extreme case of tinnitus and has lost much of his hearing over the years.

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