Abbie Hoffman: I think this is a pile of shit, while John Sinclair rots in prison! Pete Townshend: Fuck off! Get off my fucking stage! The next person who walks across this fucking stage is going to get fucking killed...You can laugh, but I mean it!
To Abbie Hoffman when Hoffman climbed onto the stage at Woodstock during Tommy to make an impromptu speech
The fact of the matter is, I'm fucking brilliant. Not "was" brilliant. "Am" brilliant.
I smash guitars because I like them.
Rock won't eliminate your problems, but it will sort of let you dance all over them.
I can see the future and it is bleak.
It is important to call your mom; it is important to tidy your room. It is important to make sure you don't have too many drinks and kill someone on the way home, or even scrape somebody's car. It's the little details that we have control of.
A song is a message, a song is a letter, nothing more, nothing less.
When Roger [Daltrey] speaks out about "we'll all be rockin' in our wheelchairs" he might be, but you won't catch me rockin' in no wheelchair. I don't think it's possible. I might be making music in a wheelchair, maybe even with The Who, but I feel that The Who have got to realize that the things we're gonna be writing and singing about are rapidly changing.
In those days, Roger [Daltrey] was the undisputed leader, and if you disagreed you got a bunch of fives. It needed someone with a strong right hook to keep things together.
On The Who's early days
The people at Woodstock really were a bunch of hypocrites claiming a cosmic revolution simply because they took over a field, broke down some fences, imbibed bad acid and then tried to run out without paying the band.
I had been shamed by Roger [Daltrey] into doing quite a few tours to help John [Entwistle], who then promptly fucking dies on us.
What Lifehouse was about, really, was to show music at its purest, truest and tastiest form.
Can anybody play the drums? I mean someone good!
During the Quadrophenia concert tour where he asks for a volunteer to fill in for Moon, who had passed out.
This is like a... kind of a Music-Art Academy up here... Except we're all fuckin' stupid.
Rock used to be a right laugh. The trouble is that the rock press have made it all so serious. Fifty percent of rock is having a good time.
Our main ambition right now is to get back on the road with the horrible Who, the worst rock n' roll group in the world... You couldn't pick four more horrible geezers to make the worst sound you've ever heard in your life.
There certainly is more in the future now than back in 1964.
I think Townshend's always wanted to be me.
Most rock films are pretentious. They're made for the sole purpose of making Robert Plant's dick look big. This is totally the opposite. Within the first half hour we're made to look complete idiots.
Regarding the rock documentary of The Who, The Kids Are Alright
Johnnie Walker: Well, we got an e-mail here from someone who says, "Thank you for the music, Rodge". Roger Daltrey: Ah, that's no problem, the music making has been free. It's the putting up with Townshend that's been the price I've had to pay all this time.
BBC Radio interview
Woodstock was probably the single best show in history. Townshend doesn't like it because he is an idiot.
Anyone who disagrees with me gets a bunch of fives and a swift knee in the happysack.