Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend shared a number of anecdotes during his appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. At one point he attributed his famous windmill guitar motion to Keith Richards. “[The Who] supported the Stones for two shows,” he said. “They were young, they were brand new and they had one hit, with a Chuck Berry song called ‘Come On.’ I met them back stage and they were all very charming. As the curtain opened, Keith Richards is doing this [stands up and stretches his arm, making the wind-milling motion]. I was thinking, ‘Wow, that’s so cool!’ I thought it was part of his ‘thing.’ A couple of weeks later, we supported them again in a club in south London. I’m watching carefully, waiting, and he didn’t do it.”

Townshend told Letterman he then asked Richards why he didn’t do his ‘thing.’ “He went, ‘What?!’,” said Townshend. “I can’t tell you what exactly what he said, but the inference was, ‘I’m Keith Richards. Do you really think I’m gonna do ballet?’ That was the inference.”