• Pete Townshend can you hear me?

    20 Feb 2010, 15:25 by rykowolf

    Things were looking up for The Who with their 2010 Superbowl performance and the imminent release of Pete Townshend's musical Floss. Unfortunately Townshend's relapsed tinnitus could mean the end of the road.

    "If my hearing is going to be a problem, we’re not delaying shows. We’re finished."
    - Pete Townshend

    How much can he really hear?
    According to Pete, it was Keith Moon's drum-kit explosion on the Smothers Brothers Show in 1967 that was the start of his hearing troubles. He is believed to be completely deaf in one ear as a result of that explosion.

    During the late 80s and the 90s, he could be seen performing mostly with acoustic guitars.

    "My own particular kind of damage was caused by using earphones in the recording studio, not playing loud on stage."
    - Pete Townshend
    For the Who's reunion tour in 1989, a second electric guitarist was added to allow Townshend to play the softer acoustic guitar and piano.