Pete Townshend tired of touring

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 April 2009
Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend tired of touring

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend feels under pressure to continue performing live and often feels "bored" when he arrives on stage

Pete Townshend "doesn't enjoy" touring.

The Who guitarist hates the idea of being on the road but feels obligated to do it - though admits he would have left the band if he was completely against performing.

He said: "I don't enjoy touring very much I'm sorry to say. I get a lot of artistic fulfilment from it, especially as a performing guitar player and I find it very easy. I do feel under pressure to tour with The Who. I can handle it, I think. If I really didn't want to do it, I would just quit.

"I've always done so well on stage. I don't know what happens but I walk on stage bored, catch fire for two hours and walk off bored again."

Despite feeling unhappy about his current situation, the rocker still regards rock opera 'Quadrophenia' - which is currently being turned into a stage production - as his greatest ever work.

He said: "Whenever I write anything today that might turn out to have an underlying theme or story, I look at 'Quadrophenia' and ask myself two questions - one, can I do better? And two, could I survive that degree of intensive creative work and its aftermath? The answer to both is always no."

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