Were you always a little lost within the big-concept narratives of the Who's rock operas? Scared to admit that you really had no idea what Pete Townshend was getting at with 'Tommy' or 'Quadrophenia,' iconic though they may be? You're not alone: Who frontman Roger Daltrey, in fact, admits to some initial confusion, as well.
We've all been disappointed by a late-period record by one of our favorite bands, and to one extent or another, we've all engaged in an endless debate over whether it's better to burn out or fade away. For Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, the answer is neither; creativity takes effort, and he expects great artists to keep trying.
The history of the Who is littered with tragic events. From Pete Townshend's abuse when he was a child to the 1979 deaths of 11 fans in Cincinnati to John Entwistle's overdose in 2000. One of the lesser known stories occurred on Jan. 4, 1970, when Neil Boland, who was Keith Moon's driver and bodyguard, was accidentally run over by Moon's Bentley.
Drummer Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime: being tapped to replace the late Keith Moon in the Who. The group announced its new drummer in January 1979, but Jones' tenure with the band would prove to be difficult and relatively brief, punctuated by internal strife and changing musical trends.