Pete Townshend would smash a guitar again - but only for charity

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Pete Townshend recently decried that new players had “literally exhausted the possibilities of the guitar”, and now he’s perhaps feeling similarly about some of his own electric and acoustic guitar tricks.

In a recent interview with the UK’s BBC Radio 2, Townshend stated that he will never again do one of his signature live tricks - smashing a guitar onstage - unless it is to raise money for charity.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.