Featured Lead songwriter, guitarist Pete Townshend, power vocalist Roger Daltrey, insane drummer Keith Moon, and master bass player John Entwistle
They might be best known for their rock opera Tommy, about a deaf dumb and blind boy who becomes a pinball champion and a spiritual leader.
Quadrophenia, another rock opera by The Who, is musically superior to Tommy but lesser known by the general public. It tells the story of a mod named Jimmy who struggles to find his identity and find happiness. I wouldn't be surprised if it strongly influenced American Idiot.
Between the two rock operas, they produced Who's Next, known for Baba O'Riley (aka "Teenage Wasteland), Behind Blue Eyes, and Won't Get Fooled Again.
During their early years, guitarist Pete Townshend and drummer Keith Moon would smash their equipment at the end of their gigs. Good way to get out of doing an encore!
Right behind you, I see the millions. On you, I see the glory. From you, I get opinions. From you, I get the story.
Don't cry. Don't raise your eye. It's only teenage wasteland.
Can you see the real me?
Love, reign o'er me!
Considered the greatest live band Ever. Pete Townshend jumped all over the stage, did some awesome guitar tricks, like the windmill.... When the band preformed, and gave it all they had, Drummer Keith Moon, who claimed never to have a drumming lesson ever, started the chaos by kicking out one of his drums, then the band would trash everythng, Amps, guitars, drums, whatever they could,
In 1979, Keith Moon died of a drug overdose,
In 2002, John Entwistle died of a Heart attack
In 2005, the remaining members, Daltrey and Townshend are teaming up with World Renound bassist, Pino Palladino and Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr;s son, to record a new album, codenamed, "WHO2," to be followed by a tour