Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend might have a big nose but it's not nearly as large as his heart. Pete, as he chooses to call himself, isn't your typical guitarist. He's a man with a past that isn't nearly as pleasant as it may seem. The things he enjoys most are writing and preforming(of course). He usually chooses to stay secluded in his room with a notebook and a pen. This, he claims, also allows him to avoid pranks pulled by The Who's drummer, Keith Moon. Pete's best mate is John Entwistle, bassist for The Who. John and Pete have been friends since they went to the same grammar school when they were just kids. Pete later met Roger Daltrey, the band's singer, and joined his group, "The Detours". John joined as well. The group changed their name to "The High Numbers" and acquired a young drummer, Keith Moon. Keith is better friends with John than Pete and, though he knows there's no way he can change this and that it's very childish to feel this way, Pete is extremely jealous over this. In turn, Pete has a tendency to take jabs at Keith. John, being the quiet one, rarely steps in to help unless it gets too bad.
Pete is in a romantic relationship with a beautiful woman named Capri. He admires a few people, one of them has been mentioned and that doesn't matter. Pete claims that he is not attracted to men, though, of course, that's not exactly true. Pete thinks men are less complicated than women but he, by a land-slide, prefers women. Pete is probably going to be the dominant figure in a relationship. He gets jealous easily, as mentioned previously, and can often become overly protective. Pete needs someone who will listen to him but those sorts of people are rather rare and Pete tends to something different.
The guitarist was born in Chiswick, London into a musical family, his father Cliff Townshend was a professional saxophonist in The Squadronaires and his mother Betty was a singer, Pete fell in love with music at an early age. In the mid-1950s he was drawn to American rock and roll. When he was 12, his grandmother gave him his first guitar. Pete's biggest guitar influences include Link Wray, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Hank Marvin of The Shadows. His childhood wasn't filled with music and love from his wonderful parents though. There were some stress factors that Pete doesn't like to talk about. He says he doesn't want to make excuses fro how complicated he is. Back on a lighter note, Pete and his school friend, John, found Roger's band The Detours, changed the name to The High Numbers, got Keith as a drummer and they became The Who. They acquired fame when Tommy was released in 1969. Pete is a marvelous performer, he is capable of getting completely into the music and just letting it flow out of him. Sometimes, he can get so into the song that he begins to destroy his instrument. In fact, it's a bit more than sometimes, it's at the end of every show. Pete writes most of the songs for the group, John comes in next. John's songs tend to have a dark tone to them. Pete admires this. His songs usually seem to be very deep.