Pete Townshend Claims At Least Partial Credit For Inventing Heavy Metal
Who invented heavy metal? Most people would probably point to Black Sabbath, but the Who’s guitarist and cheif songwriter Pete Townshend claims his band “sort of invented heavy metal” in a new interview with the Toronto Sun.
Townshend was discussing the band’s latest album “Who”, which is their first release in 13 years and how it compares to their earlier sound. He told the publication: T
“It doesn’t sound like The Who from those early heavy metal years. We sort of invented heavy metal with (our first live album) Live at Leeds. We were copied by so many bands, principally by Led Zeppelin, you know heavy drums, heavy bass, heavy lead guitar and some of those bands, like Jimi Hendrix for example, did it far better than we did. Cream, with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, they came along in ‘67, same year as Jimi Hendrix, and they kind of stole our mantle in a sense. So people who want to hear that old heavy metal sound there are plenty of bands that can provide it.”
“It’s not really what we can actually do today,” said the guitarist. “Even if we wanted to, it was never high on my list of wishes.”
The Who’s “Live at Leeds” album was released May of 1970, while Black Sabbath’s self titled record came out in February of 1970. Others will sometimes point to Led Zeppelin as being one of the band’s who invented heavy metal, since their debut album came out one year earlier in 1969.
Gilby Clarke Finally Reveals How He Got Fired and Re-Hired and Then Fired Finally
Back in 1994 most Guns N’ Roses fans know that Gilby Clarke was fired from the band. How the story of this happened though has never been explained. Clarke had previously explained that his cheques simply stopped coming and he took the hint, but what went on behind the scenes? Well he recently spoke to Riki Rachtman on his Cathouse Hollywood Podcast (Transcribed by blabbermouth) and revealed the following:
“I felt on the tour, as the tour was ending, that the band was over,” “That was my honest, intellectual conclusion. … Duff [McKagan], physically, looked terrible. The alcohol abuse was so bad that he was bloated. I didn’t think he had many days left. Axl and Slash were not seeing eye to eye: Axl saw the band one way; Slash saw it another way. I didn’t see them meeting. It’s not like I was trying to be in the middle or whatever. It was fractured.”
Gilby revealed how he had gotten an offer to do a solo record and was given the go-ahead by Guns N’ Roses to pursue that since nothing was happening on their side. He then joined Slash’s Snakepit and stayed on the road for almost 5 years straight. He’d go on to say
“Basically, Slash said, ‘Meet me at Casa Vega,’” “He goes, ‘Axl doesn’t want you in the band anymore. … I don’t know what it is – I honestly don’t. Just go with it. I’m not saying this is permanent. I’m just saying this is where it is. He wants to work on some new music. He doesn’t see what we’re doing as viable.’ And that’s also the time when Slash decided to make the Slash’s Snakepit record. … [Axl] didn’t like Slash’s stuff either, but he wasn’t kicking Slash out of the band.”
Clarke continued: “[T]hey didn’t fire me, but my paychecks stopped. And then, a week later, Slash had this revelation. He goes, ‘What are we doing? Are we gonna replace Gilby?’ And he called me. He goes, ‘You know what? Everything’s fine. You’re in the band, don’t worry about it.’ But my paychecks never came back, and that was it. So, like I said, I never officially was fired from the band, but it just kind of ended. And also, remember, it’s not like I was not in the band. They didn’t do anything for a while”