Pete Townshend (Photo: Rob Kim/FilmMagic)Pete Townshend may often come across as dark and skeptical in his songwriting--but it turns out the 66-year-old Who guitarist has a decidedly bright outlook these days. As he revealed during an intimate and revealing chat Tuesday, he was even able to find a positive way to work through the death of a bandmate.
"I have to say as a guitar player, I prefer working without John," he admitted regarding the loss of the Who's masterful bass player, John Entwistle, who died in 2002. "When John died, there was a hole in the sound onstage and I was able to grow into that and find space."
Regardless, Townshend--who was visiting a New York City Barnes & Noble to promote his new autobiography, Who I Am: A Memoir--concluded that the Who's sound will never be the same without Entwistle. "As a member of the Who creating the incredible, powerful, driving, visceral sound, he's gone. I can't really do that again." (Original drummer Keith Moon died in 1978; his and Entwistle's roles are now handled by Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino, respectively.)Read More »from Pete Townshend Talks About Bandmate’s Death: ‘I Was Able To Grow Into That’