WATCH: ROGER DALTREY EXPLAINS THE SURPRISING MUSICAL REASON WHY THE WHO SMASHED THEIR GUITARS IN THIS FIRST-LOOK AT SUNDAY’S ALL-NEW EPISODE OF BRIAN JOHNSON’S A LIFE ON THE ROAD, AIRING SEPT. 29 AT 9PE
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On this week’s episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road, premiering Sunday, Sept, 29 at 9pE/6pP, legendary AC/DC singer Brian Johnson flies to The Who’s old stomping grounds where frontman Roger Daltrey shares the scoop on the band’s wild history of wrecked hotel rooms, smashed guitars, sinking Lincolns, and Keith Moon’s notorious 21st Birthday.
“So there we were, these four completely different people with huge egos and we’d have fist fights,” said Daltrey. “It was incredibly volatile. And that used to come across in the music, which made people sit up and listen. The thing about The Who, it was the third World War every time we got on stage.”
“In the early days, I used the microphone on Keith [Moon’s] cymbals. He used to get pissed off because I used to whack them with my knuckles. And I was a sheet metal worker, so I had hands like hammers.”
“This was all while Pete [Townshend] was smashing the guitars. It used to give this surreal kind of in-tune but out-of-tune, in-rhythm but out-of-rhythm sound. And no one ever wrote up about the noise it made. When Pete used to break those guitars it was like a ritual slaughter of some mythological animal. The thing used to scream. Every whack of it somewhere would create a different noise, and that never got written up.”
Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road airs Sundays at 9pE on AXS TV. The globe-trotting music series finds the rocker going above and abroad to catch up with a slate of fellow icons, hearing their priceless stories from their time on tour and taking viewers to the places that helped define their legendary careers.
Next week, Johnson heads to Dublin to meet Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, on Sunday, Oct. 6, who reflects on their Pyromania and Hysteria tours and the tragedies that befell them along the way.
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