Pete Townsend Relied On John Entwistle For Darker 'Tommy' Songs
Friday, March 21, 2014
Out now on DVD and Blu-ray is Sensation: The Story Of The Who's Tommy. Surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey -- along with archival interviews with the late-Keith Moon and John Entwistle -- trace the band’s progress from being a top UK singles band as their live show begins to gain steam positioning them to finally to break them in the U.S. with their double album opus. Townshend talks frankly about the story of Tommy, which at times came close to the child abuse he suffered between the ages of three and five while living with his mentally ill grandmother and her revolving door of male suitors.
Townshend reveals that although he found them cathartic to perform live in concert, due to the abuses he suffered as a child, he delegated Entwistle to compose the more sinister pieces, "Cousin Kevin" and "Fiddle About," which helped form the backbone of Tommy.
With Tommy becoming such a mainstay of not only the Who's career -- but of all of classic rock radio -- Townshend was asked about the reason for the album's continued relevance: "I think it’s only really relevant today, in as much as it was relevant to start with. It’s a fairly simple childlike fairytale. And what makes it work today, I think is its naivety. It’s not all naive, it’s not innocent. It has fantastic simplicity."
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