The Who

The Who

Founding members:
Roger Daltrey (vocals)
Pete Townshend (guitar)
John Entwistle (bass)
Keith Moon (drums)


Founding: London
Established: 1964


As Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon 1964 zusammenrotteten under the name of The Who, they had hardly imagine can, that they would enter into a decade later as the loudest rock band in the Guinness Book of World Records and all Newcomerbands their destructive stage presence to model could take. Probably also Pete Townshend could not at that time imagined that during his career he smash 3000 guitar and Keith Moon times a worldwide ban at Holiday Inn provoke would, because he sank a Rolls Royce in their pool.

The Story of The Who begins much more harmless. In West London, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle learn in high school. The school friends begin to make music. As Townshend later attended art school, he meets Roger Daltrey, a sheet metal welders. With it, they founded the group The detours. The three are based on the musical taste of the London Mod scene, but the fabricated Skiffle is unsuccessful. Only with the name change to The Who and a newcomer get the thing going. A charismatic guy named Keith Moon joins them by excels in his "interview" by the decomposition of his drums. The boys are immediately thrilled exact anarchist element was Townshend and his colleagues lacked, now it could go. "I Can not Explain" is the single that The Who for the first time ranked in the charts, a television appearance in which they zerdeppern all their equipment helps to INCREASE its visibility abruptly. Especially the young television viewers are fascinated by the rebellious Londoners ,

"I Can not Explain" is part of the published in 1965 debut LP "My Generation", become the title track became an anthem of the English youth. Songs like "Substitute", "The Kids Are Alright" and "Happy Jack" secure the four revolutionaries sold-out tours and best chart positions. With the second album "The Who Sell Out" believe The Who, finally a front row seat in the arena of rock circus secured to have, but none: the new LP sold only moderately and it is close to the band. The excessive live performances, where all the instruments are broken, almost engulf the entire budget. With Moon and Entwistle the first Who members look after more lucrative band projects around when Pete Townshend Suddenly the bright idea for his rock opera "Tommy" overtaken. The concept album, which focuses on a blind, deaf and dumb boy stands in 1974 is on a film brought the canvas and Roger Daltrey Takes alongside musicians such as Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton and actor Jack Nicholson starring.

Performances at the Woodstock Festival and the concert album "Live At Leeds" (1970) finally rehabilitate the ailing bank account of The Who Whether underground or conventional -. Complete music press celebrated the musical quantum leap the Hitmaker and the new album "Who's Next" will the Record shop-owners literally grabbed from her hand. As timeless are the songs on the record show Limp Bizkit 2004, which make the cover of "Behind blue Eyes" and the dazughÖrigen video in which Halle Barry Fred Durst kisses, fOr attention.

But back to The Who. Some smashed guitars after the release of "Who's Next" push Townshend, Daltrey, Entwistle and Moon the thematic album "Quadrophenia" (1973) at the start. It tells the story of a young adolescent who is struggling with growing up, often with the unfortunate youth of Songwriters Townshend is equated. the lyrics of the following album "the who By Numbers" back the thoughts and feelings of the guitar at the center. His ever-strengthening drug addiction burden cooperation with his colleagues increasingly, Keith Moon became massive alcohol problems a hindrance. External influences such as the rise of punk and new wave make The Who to create the competitive pressure is increasing steadily. While Townshend and Moon continues to sink into the swamp drugs, be tried as an actor Daltrey and Entwistle as a solo musician. But both careers running in sand and so it is that The Who Three years later, together again in the studio.

The studio work is bearing fruit. 1978 the band "Who Are You" cobbled together. Adult and optimistic to The Who presented it, but it should be for the time being last great success of the band. In september Keith Moon died of an overdose of drugs, which hired replacement, ex-Faces- member Kenny Jones is struggling to replace his charismatic predecessor. After the album "Face Dances" (1981), "It's hard" (1982) and the live album "who's load" enter the legendary rocker 1983 its resolution is known. However their Farewell Tour would not be the from the band.
Two years later, it manages the project Live Aid, Townshend, Enwistle, Daltrey and Jones to lure back to the stage. In 1988, she again interrupt their slumber for a performance on the occasion of a ceremony of British Industry Phonograhphic that characterized Townshend and Co. for their lifetime.

Pete is the only member that moves forward constantly to bring music to the market. It is due to that Who fans have been able to count on their icons. 2001 The Who come on at a charity gig for the victims for 9/11 victims in New York. A year later, they are touring again over the globe, which is, however, overshadowed by the tragic death of John Entwistle.
In its "now-only-right" mood, the founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend plunge into the composition of new pieces in 2006 is the day:.!, A new output leaves the CD pressing plant "Endless Wire" is on the cover of the first studio album after 23 years standing and the accompanying world tour proves: even with 23 years of band history can Pete Townshend still cut like a windmill in the pages.

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