In 1969, Pete penned rock opera 'Tommy' and admits he did so because he felt it was the only thing he could do to make the band ''survive''.
He explained to Q magazine:
"I wrote 'Tommy' because I thought The Who were f**ked.
We had descended into comedy singles, Keith Moon was dressing up as Hitler and getting on the front page of the Daily Mirror, Roger had the long hair...
So I decided to write this dangerous piece for a rock band - an extended, kinda pretentious, kinda audacious attempt to change the rock form. I thought it was the only way we could survive.''
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