Townshend recalls spectacular fight with Who bandmate Roger – who floored him with one strike in argument over Quadrophenia session

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Pete Townshend has told of the moment Roger Daltrey once punched him so hard he lost his memory for two days.

The fight took place as the Who were completing work on their iconic 1973 album Quadrophenia. Daltrey was waiting in their studio to assist with the final mixes – but Townshend felt he’d already finished them.

The guitarist tells the Times: “I walked into the studio having not slept for two days after doing the final mixes.

“I had been in my big Mercedes limousine drinking brandy. Roger was in the studio, having waited for me for the last five hours.

“‘We’ve done it!’ I shouted at him.

“‘Yeah? Well I’ve been here since one o’clock and I’m going.’

“‘You can’t fucking go,’ I said. He pushed me out the way. I spat at him – and I got knocked out.

“When I came round an hour later my memory was gone for two days. He’s a one-punch man, Roger.”

Townshend recently completed a new edition of Quadrophenia, and he believes it’s the last masterwork his band made.

He told fans: “I would say we only made three landmark records: Tommy, Who’s Next and Quadrophenia.

“I’ve always felt Quadrophenia was the last definitive Who album. It felt to me like it was the end. The reason I’ve spent so much time working on this new edition is because it’s an epochal record. The last great album by the who.”

Townshend also recently dismissed speculation he was unable to perform live as a result of hearing problems, saying he was waiting for Daltrey to complete his solo band tour before the pair got back to work.

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