Pete Townsend Killiing LP's

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  1. colchar

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    Isn't that the show during which Moon packed a shit-ton of whatever explosives into his drums and buggered up Pete's hearing?

    And you have to love the look Entwhistle gives Pete while the smashing of the guitar and the blowing up of the drums is going on.
     
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    You cannot drop something like that and not tell us more!




    Nah, Teles never break :laugh2:
     
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  4. fretboarder

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    I heard.. as far as he knew he was doing everyone a favour..
     
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  5. JJ Blair

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    Pete has glued many a guitar back together. I've even glued one together for him, when the headstock broke after he threw it towards the tech bench.

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    It was back on 31 Jan 66. My band got on well with a local promoter and we were used as the support band for numerous 'name' acts that toured South Wales. These included Billy Fury, Chicken Shack, Stu James & the Mojos, Georgie Fame & Blueflames, David Bowie, Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Manfred Man, Marty Wilde, The Applejacks, The Hollies, The Merseybeats, The Moody Blues, The Nashville Teens, The Pretty Things, The Searchers and The Who. There were others as well.

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    More details can be found in a blog on our web site. Contains excerpts from a book.

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  7. LPPILOT

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    Holy cow...that too cool .....thanks for posting. ..I hadn't even seen a LP in 1965,
    I was taking my first lesson as a lad on a 25 dollar acoustic.:applause:
     
  8. cristi tanasescu

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    IDK, he just seems lame now at 70 or how old he is to destruct guitars on stage..

    When he was younger, it may have seemed "cooler", but now..Pete, just leave it like this. That vid where he's trying to destroy a grey strat and it takes 5 consecutive hits till it smashes, to do that at an age well past 50 seems a bit way too lame for me, at least..


    not such a fan of destructing perfectly good and somewhat expensive instruments, Gibson's especially...
     
  9. JJ Blair

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    Actually, he hasn't smashed a guitar for years.
     
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    I never was in a The Who support band :rolleyes:
     
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    I apologise, the pic came straight from my book and was in context with the narrative:rolleyes:

    Anyway, I find it difficult to describe the version of my band that supported the Who, other than the Who Support band:confused:
     
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    we understood you fine John. What an experience that must have been. What was the room like? was it the cool mod atmosphere? Rockers and mods together? I bet the air itself was electric..or am I just full of shit? LOL.
     
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    Especially as Colchar asked for more info.

    The place was a Community College and had a traditional Stage and curtains etc. We had played there many times before on our own and supporting other bands, so we were used to it.

    I remember it was extremely packed and yes there was a fight, but it was between mods. Don't think there were any rockers there, but there could have been. To be honest, back then there was always a fight breaking out just because people enjoyed fighting.

    I have extracted some info from my book and posted in a blog, if people want to read more.

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    "at least there is some hope there, that they were not all good new stuff"

    That's the problem- back then they were all just "used" guitars. Pawnshop fodder.

    The death roll includes not only a bunch of pre-CBS Fenders, but also a 335 Dot.....
     
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    John thanks for sharing your experiences- very cool!!
     
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    There was an interesting interview I read once where Townsend was talking about this, and said that it came out of an art movement he belonged to (might have been the futurists, or something like that), along with Yoko Ono, which was all about rebirth through destruction - he said every single guitar he destroyed hurt. Sigh, what we do for art.....
     
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    1st
    happy birthday Pete
    72!! RESPECT
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    some 'results' enjoy or cry

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    hard working man on stage

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    My fave guitarist and rock star.

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  19. RayTorvalds

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    To me, it's lame to destroy a guitar at any age. At least they glued them back together to smash them again (if possible) instead of using a new one every time.
    I'm not a fan of destroying instruments, cheap or expensive. Always makes me think of people that want one, but can't afford one. I would rather give it to one of them.
     
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