Pete Townshend says he was planning to quit The Who before Keith Moon died

The Who performing live onstage
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Today (May 6), electric guitar icon Pete Townshend releases Somebody Saved Me – an Audible Original that finds The Who legend tracing the period of time between the death of drummer Keith Moon in 1978 and the passing of bass guitar player Jon Entwistle in 2002.

Now, in a Guitar World-exclusive excerpt lifted from the two-hour episode, the band’s founding member – and one of its longest-serving musicians – has revealed he came close to quitting the Who prior to Moon’s passing, and that he only decided to stay in an effort to honor Moon’s memory.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.