Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend’s Biggest Fight Nearly Turned Deadly

The highest of highs, the bottom of lows, and the feistiest of fisticuffs between the Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are documented all too properly in Daltrey’s new memoir, Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhitethe markers of a tumultuous and at instances brutal relationship that shouldn’t precisely come as a shock to the band’s most loyal followers. (They’re nonetheless good associates to today, so who're we to evaluate?) Regardless, one altercation in Daltrey’s ebook rises above the remainder, largely as a result of this explicit one virtually ended the band, together with Townshend’s life.

As Daltrey recalled, the Who was making ready for his or her Quadrophenia tour in 1973 when their file label, MCA, compelled them to file a promo to stoke curiosity. Tensions started to flare when the filmmakers have been too gradual for the impatient Daltrey, robbing the band of beneficial studio time to arrange for the tourand when he voiced his annoyance, the proverbial shit hit the fan. “Pete, fueled by the most effective a part of a bottle of brandy, went off like a firecracker. He was up in my face, prodding me. ‘You’ll do what you’re fucking properly instructed,’ he sneered,” Daltrey writes. “This just isn't the best way to speak to me, however I nonetheless backed off. The roadies knew what I used to be able to in order that they sprang into motion and held me again. ‘Let him go!’ screamed Pete. ‘I’ll kill the little fucker.’ They let me go.”

Let’s simply say Daltrey had the higher hand within the combat, which rapidly escalated to a life-or-death scenario:

And to make issues solely barely worse:

Daltrey wound up driving behind the ambulance with Townshend, “racked with guilt” and holding his hand for all the journey to the hospital. Tensions have been quickly soothed, although, by the medical employees confirming a (comparatively) full restoration can be made. “I used to be the one who had been attacked, however in some way I ended up feeling accountable. It was identical to being again within the playground at Acton once more,” Daltrey concludes. “Thankfully, Pete survived however for the remainder of my life I’ve needed to take heed to him blaming me for the bald spot on the highest of his head. To his day, I believe he believes I used to be the aggressor however that is how I bear in mind it.” Either method, higher a bald spot than mind injury.