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The Who’re an English rock band fashioned in London in 1964. Their basic lineup consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist and singer John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They’re thought-about one of the vital influential rock bands of the 20th century and have offered over 100 million data worldwide.
The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as a part of the pop artwork and mod actions, that includes auto-destructive artwork by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single because the Who, “I Cannot Clarify”, reached the UK high ten, and was adopted by a string of singles together with “My Era”, “Substitute” and “Pleased Jack”. In 1967, they carried out on the Monterey Pop Pageant and launched the US high ten single “I Can See for Miles”, whereas touring extensively. The group’s fourth album, 1969’s rock opera Tommy, included the only “Pinball Wizard” and was a important and industrial success. Dwell appearances at Woodstock in August 1969, and the Isle of Wight Pageant in 1970, together with the reside album Dwell at Leeds in 1970, cemented their status as a revered rock act. With their success got here elevated strain on lead songwriter Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was deserted. Songs from the undertaking made up 1971’s Who’s Subsequent, which included the hit “Will not Get Fooled Once more”. The group launched the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the movie adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to massive audiences earlier than semi-retiring from reside performances on the finish of 1976. The discharge of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the dying of Moon shortly after.
Kenney Jones changed Moon and the group resumed exercise, releasing a movie adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Youngsters Are Alright. After Townshend grew to become weary of touring, the group cut up in 1983. The Who sometimes re-formed for reside appearances similar to Dwell Help in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–1997. They resumed common touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle’s dying in 2002, plans for a brand new album had been delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued because the Who, releasing Countless Wire in 2006, and proceed to play reside repeatedly, with Starkey, bassists Pino Palladino (2006–2017) and Jon Button (2017–current), and guitarist Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother) serving as touring gamers. In 2019, they toured with a whole symphony orchestra, which additionally supported the discharge of Who, their twelfth album.
The Who’s main contributions to rock music embrace the event of the Marshall stack, massive PA programs, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s lead taking part in kinds, Townshend’s suggestions and energy chord guitar method, and the event of the rock opera. They’re cited as an affect by arduous rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs nonetheless obtain common publicity.
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