Who’s the Boss: Townshend, Springsteen, Daltrey jam at NYC event

31 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bruce Springsteen, the Who and Convention Hall.

The Who legend Pete Townshend described his past alcohol abuse and how the “ridiculous job” of being a rock star fuels addiction before a starry crowd including Joan Jett and Bruce Springsteen at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit. “I didn’t do drugs for a long, long time,” British guitarist and frontman Townshend told the audience, which also included his bandmate Roger Daltrey, Billy Idol and Willie Nile. “When I was at art school, I smoked a bit of grass . . . I realized — and I don’t want to offend any pot smokers in the audience because I know it’s the great new thing — but it felt to me like every time I listened to a record, I went back to the same place . . . But all I knew is that it made me happy, and it thrilled and inspired me.” “It inspired me to a degree where I was in a young band called the Castiles, I was about 16-years old,” said Springsteen, as reported by Mitch Slater in Backstreets. “We had a gig the next weekend at St. And as the night neared its end — not being able to smash my guitar, it was the only one I had! — at the end of the night I lit the smoke bomb, in the Catholic school basement, and I turned on the strobe light, and I climbed on top of my Danelectro amplifier holding a vase of flowers that I’d stolen from one of the upstairs classrooms. I just lived on cognac.” The now-sober Townshend — who was honored with manager Bill Curbishby told The New York Post, “I think . . . people that are famous often have other s – – t going on.

If you look at Hollywood, if you look at Robin Williams . . . it’s like you have to accept that possibly there was something he was carrying in him that had never ever been dealt with, and maybe that’s what made him so funny . . . That night, he got trapped under the pier with the tide coming in.” On Thursday, Townshend and Who manager Bill Curbishley were the honorees of the evening.

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