They started, as “The Detours” then became “The Who!” then became one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century. They’ve sold over 100 million records worldwide, and if you haven’t heard of them, you’re wrong. The Who! Is responsible for hits like the “CSI” Theme song, (you know the one) “Who Are You”, and the intro to “Eminence Front” does sound like it has been in a car commercial, in fact, it is! Google it if you don’t believe me!
The classic line up consists of Roger Daltrey the lead singer, Pete Townshend the guitarist, the bass guitarist John Entwistle, and Keith Moon the classic drummer. These are the rocker responsible for “My Generation” “Baba O’Riley” and “Wont Get Fooled Again.”
As the classic rock story goes, the more fame, the more pressure, and the more drugs. As their fame grew, so did the trials and tribulations of being a rock star, and in 1976 Townshend (The mind behind the magic, the lead songwriter and guitarist) had trouble handling it and then the band semi-retired from live performances. Two years later they released, “Who Are You” but sadly that was overshadowed by the death of everyone’s favorite star-child and the bands drummer Keith Moon.
Kenney Jones took on the role of drummer, and soon after the band went forth with Kenney and they even released a film adaptation of their album “Quadrophenia” and then in 1979 they released a band documentary, “The Kids Are Alright”. Soon Townshend became wary of touring and the band split up in 1982.
Occasionally the boys would get back together to do a special performance (like LiveAid in 1985) or a special/anniversary tour (i.e. the 25th anniversary tour in 1989 or the tour or ‘Quadrophenia’ in 1996), but then in 1999 some thing awesome happened…
The Who resumed regular touring! Zak Starkley was on drums and everything was good. Then in 2002 the beloved bassist John Entwistle died of a drug overdose, and plans for a new album were put on hold. The best way to deal with loss is to appreciate the art they left behind, so Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry powered on and kept the band alive. They released “Endless Wire” in 2006 and having got over his ‘not into touring’ kerfuffle, Townshed and Daltrey continued to play live music regularly.
Now, or least in 2014, The Who Hit 50! And it looks as if they’re nearing the end of their touring days. They’ve been on ‘The Who Hits 50!” tour for two years already and Daltrey has hinted that this is their last tour, saying that it’s the bands “long goodbye.” Even if the band does stop touring, the music will always be super fucking awesome and will always be appreciated.