The Who’s Pete Townshend Lost Most Of His Hearing After This Explosion


The performance by The Who of “My Generation” on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was another defining moment in the television history as, The Who destroyed their instruments at the conclusion of their performance. However, a stage hand, at the request of the band, had overloaded Keith Moon’s kick drum with explosives. When they were detonated, the explosion was so intense, Moon was injured by cymbal shrapnel and bandmate Pete Townshend’s hearing was permanently damaged. Rumor has it that Pete lost 90 percent of his hearing in his right ear. The force of the explosion blew Pete’s hair to one side. Rock n’ Roll, Check it out!!!

The aftermath…Keith on the floor Roger Daltrey checking on him and Pete smashing Tommy Smothers guitar.


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