Pete Townshend Lays a beat down on a beautiful Les Paul ...Wont get fooled again video , a must watch !!!!

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Im not a huge Who fan , but last night i watched a great Video on YT ..The who , wont get fooled again from the 70s....at the end Pete slams a beautiful LP into the stage multipal times , then uses it as a bat , to hit a cymbal .....Im not kidding it literally made me cringe ....OUCH!!!!!......If you get a chance watch it , see what you think.
 

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I've never thought it was cool, even when I was a kid, for a musician to destroy his guitar or equipment after a show. Obviously, they can do whatever they want to their property, but it doesn't resonate with me.
 

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I've never thought it was cool, even when I was a kid, for a musician to destroy his guitar or equipment after a show. Obviously, they can do whatever they want to their property, but it doesn't resonate with me.
Same here.
As a kid when I heard that Townsend was breaking Les Paul's (as a planned act) within a show
I was really disgusted. I couldn't even dream of acquiring one and he was breaking one a night.
And I was also seeing destroying a musical instrument as almost sacrilegious.
I remember telling my friends how stupid and fucked up it was.
I remember saying "if he doesn't care about his guitars he could give one away at each show!".
How naive was I !
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Agree. Rock n Roll showmanship is great to a certain level but IMO destroying gear on stage, any gear, is just douchebaggery.
 

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Ever since he got popped for child porn, I've been off the Townshend train. Yeah, I know. The whole separate-the-artist-from-the-artist thing is a thing... but I just can't.
 

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Agree. Rock n Roll showmanship is great to a certain level but IMO destroying gear on stage, any gear, is just douchebaggery.
In the big picture more people will say, "it was freakin' awesome when the dude smashed his guitar" than "I wish he would of given it away".

I think it's a lame move too but ultimately It's entertainment and if a guitar dies along the way very few people care.
 

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Ever since he got popped for child porn, I've been off the Townshend train. Yeah, I know. The whole separate-the-artist-from-the-artist thing is a thing... but I just can't.
He didn't download any images, but still had a five year membership on the Sex Offenders Registry (expired 13 years ago.)
Holding a grudge is an individual thing and I have no such issue with Townshend. He's the man who perfected the power chord.
 

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Im not a huge Who fan , but last night i watched a great Video on YT ..The who , wont get fooled again from the 70s....at the end Pete slams a beautiful LP into the stage multipal times , then uses it as a bat , to hit a cymbal .....Im not kidding it literally made me cringe ....OUCH!!!!!......If you get a chance watch it , see what you think.
That video is THE reason I wanted to play guitar and also the root seed of my desire for a Les Paul.

It’s not the smashing that I like. I don’t care about that. It’s the rock-star theatrics. There are tens of thousands of better guitar players, but that video (filmed for the movie The Kids Are Alright) is the reason I own a Les Paul.



It’s also why more than a few pairs of my pants had no knees left.





 

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Later in life, I became aware that John Entwistle is The Who’s REAL lead guitarist. He held down the fort and ruled the music in near obscurity.

I don’t know how he put up with Pete.




Well..... maybe it was because Pete’s brilliance paid for all the flash cars and clothes.
 

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Have never liked The Who, even a little bit. Their music sucked and watching Pete was torture.
 
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I was always amused to see Entwistle turn away to protect his bass during a Towny tantrum. Exactly what I would do if I were sharing the stage with Pete, lol...
John's like nah.jpg
 

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John Entwistle is The Who’s REAL lead guitarist.
This!! And the occasional session lead from Leslie West didn't hurt. :)
 
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Later in life, I became aware that John Entwistle is The Who’s REAL lead guitarist. He held down the fort and ruled the music in near obscurity.

I don’t know how he put up with Pete.




Well..... maybe it was because Pete’s brilliance paid for all the flash cars and clothes.
John had one of the best guitar collections i had ever seen...... I think Pete had some morbid fun watching John cringe when he mashed his guitars on stage.

John Entwhistle and John Paul Jones were far more than just "Bass" players..... They made their respected bands work.
 

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He didn't download any images, but still had a five year membership on the Sex Offenders Registry (expired 13 years ago.)
Holding a grudge is an individual thing and I have no such issue with Townshend. He's the man who perfected the power chord.
He admitted to it, saying some ridiculous garbage about wanting to "study" it. Like, really? Give me a break.

And it's not a grudge. It's a gag reflex. I just can't do it. All I see (and hear) is pedo.
 

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He admitted to it, saying some ridiculous garbage about wanting to "study" it. Like, really? Give me a break.

And it's not a grudge. It's a gag reflex. I just can't do it. All I see (and hear) is pedo.
I hate to tell ya..... but there are a good percentage of those early rockers were messing with underage girls..... Chuck Berry to Jimmy Page..... they weren’t just looking at pictures.

Mind you I’m not saying it’s okay.... I’m just saying it’s happened.
 
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I hate to tell ya..... but there are a good percentage of those early rockers were messing with underage girls..... Chuck Berry to Jimmy Page..... they weren’t just looking at pictures.

Mind you I’m not saying it’s okay.... I’m just saying it’s happened.
Back in the day, it was common for a girl to marry at 15 and have like fifteen kids. It's how the world did things, I know. But that isn't what Pete got busted for and copped to. He admitted to child porn. As in, prepubescent little kiddy stuff. Michael Jackson stuff etc.

So no, I'm just... no. You can compartmentalize it however you want if that's what you have to do in order to keep supporting the guy, or admiring him. But to me, he's always going to be that weirdo in a trench coat, hanging around the playground in the middle of the day with a strange glean in his eyes.

No thanks.
 

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He admitted to it, saying some ridiculous garbage about wanting to "study" it. Like, really?
He was studying it to help understand what had happened to him and people he knew. He wanted to try to understand a way to fight it. The internet had sprung up a whole new world of ways people were being exploited.


He began writing about it in ‘97 and wrote a paper about his findings in 2002 (before he was ever charged with visiting a site)

He wrote about it in his autobiography.



I do believe he visited websites with child porn. I do believe that he was researching and trying to find a way to help against these things. Much like many people and organizations who fight internet evils, you have to get to the information as part of the process.


I no more believe he is a pedo than I believe a sex-crimes police officer who views these sites is a pedo.



I’ll admit, I base my opinion on the writings of the accused (him) and the writings of the police who investigated his case, and not the writings of tabloid press who reported on the case.




As you might imagine from my avatar, I’m a bit of a fan and have read much more about this than a casual fan. I would not have remained a public fan had I suspected he was predatory or doing things that might cause others to be predatory.

I might also be more willing to allow myself to be deceived. I don’t know.
 

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