We ARE gonna fake it! The Who's Pete Townshend smashed his guitars up carefully so they could be repaired and re-used, singer Roger Daltrey reveals
我们要假装一下！The Who‘s Pete Townshend小心地砸碎了他的吉他，这样它们就可以修理和重复使用，歌手Roger Daltrey透露。
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend used to smash guitars carefully so they could be pieced back together after the gig, his bandmate has confessed.
Fans of the band came to expect destruction at every concert after Townshend, 74, first demolished aRickenbacker at theRailway Tavern in Harrow and Wealdstone in September 1964.
The act gained legendary status in rock'n'roll history,but behind-the-scenes Townshend was forced to repair his instruments so they could be re-used.
Singer Roger Daltrey,76, saidTownshend would carefully avoid breaking the neck of his guitars during gigs so he could glue the body back together afterwards.
He toldthe How to Wowpodcast:'It was costly in glue because as fast as we were smashing it — we had four sets of gear — it then got glued and by the time we got to smash it again the glue had set.
他在播客How to Wow上告诉记者：“它的胶水成本很高，因为我们砸它的速度一样快-我们有四套装备-然后它就被粘上了，当我们再次砸它的时候，胶水已经凝固了。
'They weren't prop guitars, they were real guitars, but we worked out very cleverly, very rarely did the neck break, as long as the neck didn't break you could glue the body back.
'Even with holes in it, it didn't matter, as long as the distance between the bridge and the nut of the guitar [where the strings are supported] was the same you could make it work.'
Daltrey added that their onstage antics 'did get expensive,' confessing the band were 'millions in debt' until the late 1970s.
'It did get expensive and of course everybody thought, oh these successful rock bands are making millions, we were millions in debt in today's money,' he said. 'We just worked and didn't really make any money until about 1977.
'I remember we came off tour in 1970, we had done a huge tour, and we'd decreased our debt. We had cut our debt by three quarters but it was still 655,000. It was like being on a chain gang.'
In 2015, a Rickenbacker smashed by Townshend during The Who's 25th anniversary tour in 1989 was bought at auction for 52,000.
Speaking of his antics, Townshend previously said:'In the first years of work with The Who in 1964 and 1965 I smashed about seven Rickenbackers, but never another until 1989, and the one offered here is the only one to survive, even in pieces.'
The legendary band, which formed at Acton County Grammar School in London in 1964, count We're Not Gonna Take It andBaba O'Riley among their hits.
这支传奇乐队于1964年在伦敦阿克顿县文法学校成立，Count We‘s Not Will Take It和巴巴·奥莱利(Baba O’Riley)是他们的热门歌曲之一。
Townshend and Daltrey were initially joined by Keith Moon andJohn Entwistle in The Who, but the guitarist once said the pair were'f***ing difficult to play with'.
Moon died when he was 32 in 1978 after overdosing on clomethiazole, which he was taking to ease symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Entwistle's life ended when he was 57 and came just one day before The Who were set to start a US tour in 2002.
The band released their 12th album 'Who' last December after 13years of silence, which was supported by a 57-date tour across Britain and North America.