Pete Townshend on The Who’s Live Shows: ‘I Don’t Find Them Fulfilling’

Living legend Pete Townshend belongs to what many consider to be one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who, yet the 69-year-old songwriter wouldn’t say he’s exactly satisfied by his current job.

In his words, “The shows? I don’t like them. I don’t find them fulfilling,” Townshend said to Uncut while promoting the band’s 50th anniversary tour. “But I’m brilliant at it. I find it incredibly easy. I drift through it.”

It’s hard not to empathize with him: 50 years into any project, most likely anyone would have a hard time still seeing the thrill of it. That goes double for when you’re doing the same thing over and over again, performing the same songs in Townshend’s instance.

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“It’s like being able to make a pair of shoes and knowing that you’ve got to a point that whenever you make a pair of shoes for somebody they’re going to last them for life,” he continued. “I don’t get particularly excited about it, but I do find it easy.”


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