A half-century later, Townshend now says he wishes he never joined the band. He says despite The Who’s success, he’d have done better as a solo performer. Townshend told Uncut Magazine, “Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration.”
He added, “I would have made a much more effective solo performer and producer working the way Brian Eno has worked.”
Townshend also says he’d also be in better physical shape.
“My ears, right wrist and shoulder would work more efficiently,” he said. “In all other respects, I am in extremely good shape.”
The comments came on the eve of bandmate Roger Daltrey’s performance in “Tommy.” He’ll reprise the 1969 rock opera tonight in London.