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Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend was born in London in 1945 and came of age during a peak period in British rock history, leading the Who as their guitarist and main songwriter. He penned classics like ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘My Generation’ and the ‘Tommy’ album before he turned 25. In 1972 he launched his solo career with ‘Who Came First,’ and for the next two decades he balanced the Who with records released under his own name, some of which included acoustic sketches of his band’s songs. Throughout his career, Townshend has used music to explore everything from his English youth to getting older. He and singer Roger Daltrey still lead the Who, despite Townshend’s hearing loss.

Joan Jett, Billy Idol and More to Honor Pete Townshend

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The punks will meet the godfather on May 28 at the Best Buy Theater in New York.

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35 Years Ago: Pete Townshend Releases His First Proper Solo Album, ‘Empty Glass’

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Pete Townshend started experimenting with a recording career outside the Who in the early '70s, but it would take him until 1980 to produce the album he'd later call his official solo debut.

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Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder to Perform a Who-Themed Benefit

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Jason Oxenham / Cedric Ribeiro, Getty Images

Pete Townshend will be joined by Eddie Vedder for a benefit concert dubbed Celebrating the Who, to be held May 14 at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.

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Roger Daltrey Says Pete Townshend Is ‘Talking About’ a New Who Album

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

It's been nearly a decade since the Who released their most recent LP, 2006's Endless Wire, and it still looks like it'll be a while before fans hear another new album from Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

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Pete Townshend Calls Kiss ‘A Very American Phenomenon’

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Stuart C. Wilson / Jo Hale, Getty Images

Kiss have been known to work the Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' into their concerts, but they probably shouldn't hold their breath waiting for Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey to return the favor.

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The Melvins’ King Buzzo Singles Out Pete Townshend for Acoustic Rock God Status

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In a new video talk with Ultimate Classic Rock, the Melvin's King Buzzo sings the praises of an unplugged Pete Townshend.

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40 Years Ago: Pete Townshend and Keith Moon Join Eric Clapton On Stage

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Two members of the Who sat in with Eric Clapton in Atlanta on Aug. 1, 1974.

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Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey Collaborating for ‘Mods and Rockers’ TV Show

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The two surviving members of the Who will co-produce a British TV series about the London music scene of the mid-'60s.

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25 Years Ago: Pete Townshend Releases ‘The Iron Man’

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Pete Townshend's musical, 'The Iron Man,' was released on June 27, 1989.

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Top 10 Underrated Who Songs

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We look beyond the Who's hits for some more favorites.

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