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Monday, 30 May 2005

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The original members of The Who in the '60s.

LOS ANGELES - Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the remaining members of The Who, are the subjects of a documentary about the band's history.

But because the duo's memories are slurred by age and the remnant affects of drug alcohol abuse, the director is searching for help remembering what happened.

Townshend and Daltrey were re-introduced recently, by an old band roadie, because Pete and Roger each forgot one another.

"I thought he [Roger] was an actor," said Pete, "because I saw him in a movie. And he was an actor, but he was also The Who's lead vocalist, they tell me."

"I heard about some rock guy who was accused of looking at child porn," said Roger, "and what do you know, it turns out to be that guy who they say played guitar next to me all those years. I don't know what is real any more. Ever hear of The Rolling Stones?"

The feature-length project is the brainchild of Murray Lerner, an Oscar-winning documentary director who filmed The Who during the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, which neither Daltrey or Townshend recall.

"An isle?" asked Townshend. "Isn't that a body of land surrounded by water? I played there? Played what? Cards? Soccer? It all sounds scary."

The working title of the film is My Generation: Who's Still Who -- a reference to their 1965 hit record, My Generation.

Daltrey heard the working title and said, "It's going to be great to hear that song. They say it was groovy."

Lerner told reporters that he is looking for people to help put the band's history back together and interviews with ex-wives, girlfriends, roadies, fans, business partners.

Townshend suggested that Lerner talk to the other two members of The Who, since someone said there were four in the group. Lerner told Townshend that two of the group's original members, Keith Moon and John Entwhistle, are dead. Townsend replied by saying, "Entwhistle? What kind of a name is that, Dutch?"

Roger said, "I have these nightmares of some guy dragging a queen-sized bed out of a hotel window. Does that have anything to do with this rock group thing?"

Lerner is actively seeking recollections from fans that don't lie about the group's past. "I have interviewed hundreds of people," Lerner said, "that claim to know a lot about The Who's history, but some are suspect."

He mentioned one fellow who said he gave The Who their name after a flock of owls attacked a nightclub where they performed their first public set.

Another person claimed that he talked Townsend into calling the rock opera Tommy because "Pete's original title was Egbert."

Some women claim to have slept with all four members of the group, but Lerner finds it odd that these women called the boys John, Paul, George and Ringo.

What most of us do know is that the Who formed in the early 1960s and got a lot of attention for smashing their equipment.

But Townshend and Daltrey, now in their 60s, remember nothing. "I really don't remember a group called The Who," Townshend said, "but I think that I would enjoy knowing about them, so a movie is a good idea. I would love to be in it if the director wants me to."

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