Pete Towsend And Roger Daltrey Reunite With Kenney Jones After 25 Years
Monday, June 16, 2014
Pete Towsend And Roger Daltrey Reunite With Kenney Jones After 25 Years
The surviving official members of the Who -- Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and former drummer Kenney Jones -- reunited on Saturday (June 14th) in Surrey, England at Hurtwood Park Polo Club for the "Rock 'n' Horsepower" benefit in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Townshend and Daltrey -- backed by the event’s house band -- performed a five song set with Jones on drums, marking the first time the three have shared a stage since early-1988. In January, Jones was diagnosed with prostate cancer and following treatment; the disease has thankfully not spread. Other performers included Mick Hucknall, Jeff Beck, John Lodge of the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Mike + The Mechanics, John Parr -- of "St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)" fame -- along with Steve Marriott's’s daughter, Mollie Marriott.
The Who performed a rugged five-song set -- "I Can't Explain," "Substitute," "The Kids Are Alright," "Pinball Wizard," and "5:15." Townshend joined in later on the encore of the Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock N' Roll" -- which he explained was recorded in Ron Wood's house -- which is now Townshend's main London residence.
The show was covered by the Townshend online fan community The Shout (, with a message board member named "Majortom2001" posting in part, "It wasn't by any means the greatest of Who performances I had ever seen. '5:15' for example seem to go to pieces at one point with Pete going off into his own musically and Roger screwed up 'Substitute' pretty badly. The whole day had a weird 'English country fair' feel to it and the Who were another attraction on top of a polo match, fairground rides for the kids, stalls selling various bric-a-brac and furniture items and a collection of sports cars including many Ferraris, etc."
Roger Daltrey told us that despite never being happy with Kenney Jones as the Who's drummer, the two were actually quite close: "I actually got on very well with Kenney, I just didn't feel ever that he was the right drummer. . . And people didn't ever seem to listen to what I was saying. They'd say 'Well Kenny's a great drummer!' And I'd say 'Yes, I know Kenney's a great drummer, but he's not the right drummer!' (Laughs) He's a great drummer! Could you imagine putting Keith Moon in the Faces -- would he have been the right drummer for the Faces? Of course he wouldn't."

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