Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend appeared last night (Oct. 9) at Barnes & Noble in New York’s Union Square to talk about his new autobiography, Who I Am: A Memoir. At one point, Townshend spoke about the difficulties The Who have faced without Keith Moon and John Entwistle. “We feel the ghosts of Keith and John," he said. "The second phase of The Who in a sense was really when we started to tour again around the year 2000, 2001. We were still able to evoke the sound, particularly with [drummer] Zak Starkey. Now it's much more difficult even though Zak's there. John's sound was very big and rich and organic. When John died, there was a hole in the sound onstage and I was able to grow into that and find space. And I have to say as a guitar player, I prefer working without John. But as a member of The Who creating the incredible, powerful, driving, visceral sound, he's gone. I can't really do that again."

Townshend also said he’s put production duties for the upcoming Quadrophenia tour into the hands of Roger Daltrey. “He’s working on a new dramatic scenario for it,” Townshend said, “working on a new video, trying to find a way to be comfortable being the narrator.”