The Who

The Who



The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, "I Can't Explain", reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of singles including "My Generation", "Substitute" and "Happy Jack". In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single "I Can See for Miles", while touring extensively. The group's fourth album, 1969's rock opera Tommy, included the single "Pinball Wizard" and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter and visionary Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971's Who's Next, which included the hit "Won't Get Fooled Again". The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1982. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–1997. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle's death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continued to play live regularly.

The Who's major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon's lead playing styles, Townshend's feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.



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The Who might be next as Sir Elton John leaves Caesars
  –  October 17, 2017
The Who’s own website hinted to a return to Las Vegas as its world tour closed two weeks ago at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in Argentina. A blog written by veteran producer and musician Brian Kehew, who is traveling with the band, states: “There are ...
The 2017 TVD Interview
  –  October 9, 2017
Nobody called the Raspberries power pop back in the day, nor did they call The Beatles or The Who power pop. They were rock and roll bands. It was a term that somehow came into the collective consciousness mainly through journalists and it was applied to ...
How Skiffle Changed the World: A Conversation with Billy Bragg
  –  October 8, 2017
As you lay out in your book, we wouldn’t have had the Beatles, the Stones, T. Rex, Bert Jansch, Mott the Hoople, the Who, punk rock, and so on without skiffle. But skiffle itself — there’s not a lot of range to it. It’s all the same 20 songs ...
Post-Bridge Day music festival to feature bluegrass cover of The Who
  –  October 19, 2017
Bluegrass covers of rock songs is nothing new. There have been entire albums devoted to picking on the hits of The Beatles, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. The cover records are fun, but not necessarily meant to be taken too seriously. The HillBenders, who perform ...
Robert Plant Talks Losing John Bonham, Meeting Elvis Presley, and the Prank Led Zeppelin Once Pulled on The Who
  –  October 18, 2017
the prank Led Zeppelin once pulled on The Who, and what fans can expect from his new album “Carry Fire,” available now. Music was an interest of Plant’s from a very early age and he recalled for Howard how he would pretend to be rock superstar Elvis ...
The Who might be next as Sir Elton John leaves Caesars
  –  October 17, 2017
The Who’s own website hinted to a return to Las Vegas as its ... In that instance, the group was summoned to take down the sports/music venue Book & Stage for a more contemporary club concept. The ongoing effort at the Palms sounds a lot like Clique ...
Carl Palmer: My six best albums – The Who, Cream, Steve Winwood and more
  –  October 13, 2017
The Who were the first top 10 group I saw on stage ... THE DAVE BRUBE CK QUARTET: Time Out (Columbia/Legacy) I come from a classical music background and this was my first jazz album, which my parents bought me. It was a big eye-opener: tracks such ...
Rock and Blue Grass - The HillBenders presents 'The Who's'Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry'
  –  October 13, 2017
"As a lifelong fan of 'The Who and of 'Tommy' I thought this couldn't be for real. I was totally wrong. This is an incredible group and they do an unbelievable job with the music. It's amazing to hear banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar bring the same ...
Today in rock history, The Who stutters into notoriety, Billy Joel finally gets a no. 1 album, INXS debuts and more
  –  October 13, 2017
Simon’s greatest success came in 1986 with his masterful foray into world music with his brilliant Graceland album ... Today in rock history: on this date in 1965, The Who recorded what would become one of its most recognizable hits, and the song ...
VIDEO: The Who rock Pinball Wizard on Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall
  –  October 13, 2017
The Who are streaming video of a performance of “Pinball Wizard ... I've been lucky enough to live in interesting times. I've witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition. That I'm still here to tell my tale when so many others ...
The Who's Roger Daltrey Is Working On A Memoir
  –  October 12, 2017
The Who's Roger Daltrey is working on a new memoir ... I've been lucky enough to live in interesting times - I've witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition."
The Who - Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall review
  –  October 9, 2017
Starry casts including Steve Winwood, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr and Elton John have at various times brought music’s first rock opera to life, but here The Who eschew gimmicky cameos and let Daltrey and Townshend fully inhabit rock’s most ...


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