Members of the Who

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This page is a list of the various personnel and line-ups that have been a part of the English rock band the Who, from their origin as the Detours in 1962 to the present day.

Personnel[edit]

Timeline
1964–1978
1979–1988
1989–2002
  • Roger Daltrey
  • Pete Townshend
  • John Entwistle
2002–present
  • Roger Daltrey
  • Pete Townshend

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Roger Daltrey – lead guitar, vocals (1962–1963) lead vocals (1964–present)
also harmonica, rhythm guitar
also keyboards, synthesizer
Former members
also French horn, trumpet, other brass, keyboards, synthesizer
also occasional vocals

Long-standing supporting musicians[edit]

Other personnel[edit]

Fully detailed timeline[edit]

The Detours
(1962–January 1963)
  • Colin Dawson – lead vocals
  • Roger Daltrey – lead guitar, vocals
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals
  • Doug Sandom – drums
The Detours
(January–December 1963)
  • Gabby Connolly – lead vocals
  • Roger Daltrey – lead guitar, vocals
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals
  • Doug Sandom – drums
The Detours
(December 1963 – February 1964)
The Who
(February 1964 – April 1964)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals
  • Doug Sandom – drums[1]
The Who
(April 1964 – September 1978)[2]
Keith Moon dies
(September 7, 1978)
The Who
Who Are You Tour
(1979–1980)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals
  • Kenney Jones – drums

with

The Who
Face Dances Tour
(1981)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals
  • Kenney Jones – drums

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards, backing vocals
The Who
It's Hard Tour
(1982)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals
  • Kenney Jones – drums

with

Hiatus
(1983–1988)
One-off performances
at Live Aid (1985) and the
BPI Awards Ceremony (1988)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals
  • Kenney Jones – drums

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards, backing vocals
The Who
25th Anniversary Tour
(1989)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals

with

One-off performance at the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony (1990)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, backing vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar

with

Hiatus
(1990–1995)
The Who
Quadrophenia Tour
(1996–1997)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – Hammond organ
  • Zak Starkey – drums
  • Simon Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • Jon Carin – keyboards, vocals
  • Jody Linscott – percussion
  • Dennis Farias – horn section
  • Nick Lane – horn section
  • Roy Wiegand – horn section
  • Simon Gardner – trumpet
  • Neil Sidwell – trombone
  • Billy Nicholls – backing vocals, percussion (1997) , music director
The Who
(1998–February 2002)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards, backing vocals[5]
  • Zak Starkey – drums
The Who
(February–June 2002)[6]
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass guitar, vocals

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards
  • Simon Townshend – guitar, backing vocals
  • Zak Starkey – drums
John Entwistle dies
(June 27, 2002)
The Who
(July 2002–2012)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards, backing vocals[7][8]
  • Zak Starkey – drums[9]
  • Simon Townshend – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar[9]
The Who
Quadrophenia and More Tour
(November 2012–February 2013)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals

with

  • Zak Starkey – drums (Except from February 5 to February 14, 2013 and from June 8 to July 8, 2013)
  • Scott Devours  - drums (From February 5 to February 14, 2013 and from June 8 to July 8, 2013)
  • Simon Townshend – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Frank Simes – keyboards, vocals, music director
  • Loren Gold – keyboards, vocals
  • John Corey – keyboards, vocals
  • J. Greg Miller - horns
  • Reggie Grisham - horns

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For a brief period between Doug Sandom's leaving and Keith Moon's joining, The Who employed a few session drummers to gig with them, including Mitch Mitchell and Dave Golding.
  2. ^ Between July and October 1964, the band were renamed The High Numbers by their manager at the time, Peter Meaden.
  3. ^ Keith Moon was injured during the band's 1967 European tour, and was substituted for by Julian Covey and Chris Townson on the final UK leg.
  4. ^ Keith Moon lost consciousness during a show in San Francisco on 20 November 1973, and was substituted for by audience member Scot Halpin.
  5. ^ John Bundrick was not able to join the band at The Concert for New York City in 2001, and was substituted for by Jon Carin.
  6. ^ This line-up rehearsed for the 2002 tour, but did not actually perform in concert, as John Entwistle died shortly before the first show of the tour.
  7. ^ John Bundrick was tending to his terminally ill wife between November 2006 and March 2007 and was substituted for by his keyboard tech Brian Kehew.
  8. ^ Brian Kehew was unable to join the band on November 8, 2006, and was substituted for by J.J. Blair.
  9. ^ a b Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino were not able to join the band at Live8 in 2005, and were substituted for by Steve White and Damon Minchella of The Players.

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