The Who are currently trekking across North America on their “The Who Hits 50!” tour, which Roger Daltrey has described as the beginning of the group’s “long goodbye.” The band has influenced countless musicians who have followed in its footsteps, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who shares her love for the Who below.
I first heard the Who on FM radio as a kid. “Powerful” would be the first word to come to mind to describe their music. Pete Townshend was definitely one of the guys that made me want to play guitar. I wanted to make those sounds, and I asked my parents for an electric guitar for Christmas and they actually got it for me. So I was able to sit around my room and play the simpler songs like “My Generation” and some “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
We’ve gone onstage to “Won’t Get Fooled Again” in the past. I think one key that song hit on for me personally was the underdog thing – of people pulling one over on you, and how that’s not going to happen again. And you know, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” – you have to live a little bit of life before you know that that’s a truism. Words like that are very powerful-feeling, and I think it really resonates inside and helps me warm up vocals to sing and scream. But we could’ve easily gone on to a lot of different songs of theirs. The era around “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is locked in my brain, but I love things on the Tommy album. “See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me,” all that stuff, I think it’s beautiful, beautiful music.