“When we first came to New York, we’d play four times a day. I only had one guitar, so I’d have to break it and fix it four times a day”: Pete Townshend talks guitar smashing, and what he had to do to keep his gear functioning

Peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkel, Pete Townshend and smashing guitars; some things are just meant to go together. 

During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Who guitarist discussed his affinity for breaking guitars during the band’s live shows, and why he’s never felt a deep bond with any of the instruments he’s reduced to splinters. 

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