‘I was ready to fall into bed with anybody!’ The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, 76, says he was once pansexual during band’s heyday
Pete Townshend has revealed he believes he was once pansexual and was ‘ready to fall into bed with anyone’ during The Who’s heyday.
The guitarist, 76, admitted he wasn’t bothered about the gender of his lovers during a new interview with Rock Cellar Magazine.
Pete opened up about the origins of the band’s 1966 single I’m A Boy and revealed that at one point in his life he would have slept with anybody, regardless of gender.
Music to his ears: Pete Townshend has revealed he believes he was once pansexual and was ready to fall into bed with ‘anyone’ during The Who’s heyday
The rocker told the rock magazine: ‘With I’m A Boy it’s the idea of masculinity and the way that men are seen to be at a time when I often forget, to be homosexual, to be pansexual, as I think I probably was, but not anymore.
‘But I think I was ready to fall into bed with anybody that would have me.
‘I think I forget that homosexuality was still illegal, so these adventures had to be couched in vignettes of humour and irony.’
Elsewhere, the My Generation hitmaker revealed 1967’s Pictures of Lily is about pornography.
Back in the day: Pete, seen here in 1975, has written many songs for rock band The Who
Guitar hero: The rocker, seen here with The Who singer Roger Daltrey, rose to fame as a member of The Who and he was known for smashing his guitars on stage
He said he felt that it was ‘un-masculine’ to admit to using porn, adding: ‘It’s a sign of weakness.’
The Pinball Wizard star’s comments regarding his sexuality come after he previously confessed his rock and roll antics made him feel like a prat.
Pete – who was notorious for smashing his instrument to pieces – has admitted he could be ‘pretty snobby’ when it came to his and his bandmates’ wild ways.
A Who’s who: The Who members pictured include Pete, Roger, John Entwistle and Keith Moon
And he actually felt that when he and late drummer Keith Moon used to throw televisions out of hotel windows, it was a real ‘waste of time’.
He told The Big Issue: ‘I was always pretty snobby about rock and roll.
‘As the television went through the window, I would look at Keith Moon and go, ‘what a f***** prat. What a waste of time’.
‘Then, two or three times I did the same thing and I would think, ‘what a f****** prat.”
Open minded: Peter enjoyed the company of all people when he was younger