Pete Townshend Explains How His Famous Windmill Came To Be

Andrew Celani --

Pete Townshend and The Who are currently on their Quadrophenia And More tour, performing their iconic 1973 double album from start to finish, as well as a host of other Who favorites.

On a planned day off from their schedule, the legendary guitarist made a guest appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night to talk about his career, including the famous incident where he was nearly blown to pieces by Keith Moon’s exploding-drumset. The stunt led to Pete developing the aural condition tinnitus, or a constant ringing in the ears, which Letterman also suffers from.

The two also discussed the origin of Pete’s patented windmill, something he picked up from the Rolling Stones‘ Keith Richards. Watch the clip below to get the full story!

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