How much is Pete Townshend worth?
|Date of Birth:
|May 19, 1945
About Pete Townshend
English guitarist, singer, and composer Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born on May 19, 1945, and his estimated net worth is $150 million. In addition to writing numerous clever, catchy classic rock songs for his illustrious band, The Who, Pete Townshend has also maintained a successful and frequently underappreciated solo career. He has composed more than 100 songs, including radio jingles and TV theme tunes, all of which have been included on his solo albums. Although The Who’s discography definitely benefited the most from Townshend’s peak years of creative output, he used his solo career to highlight his more than capable lead vocals and his incredibly diverse musical preferences.
Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born in Chiswick, London, England, on May 19, 1945.
The Who, one of the most important rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s, was co-founded by Pete Townshend, who also served as its leader, guitarist, secondary lead vocalist, and primary songwriter. Townshend then embarked on a remarkable solo career, releasing nine studio albums over the entire ’70s and ’80s. He has continued to be productive and active well into his advanced years. He was placed No. 10 in both Rolling Stone’s revised 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists and Gibson.com’s 2011 list of the top 50 guitarists.
Townshend was introduced to American R&B and rock and roll before his teen years even started because he was raised in a musical home. In The Detours, Townshend reconnected with former classmates John Entwistle and Roger Daltrey as the British Invasion was about to begin. The group quickly decided on The Who as its moniker, put up with some mod music marketing gimmicks, and then started their recording and touring careers in earnest. The Who performed as one of the most hard-rocking, highly regarded bands of the classic rock era for the following ten years and a few more.
Two Decades as a Solo Artist
Townshend released a few solo albums and worked with Small Faces/Faces guitarist and singer Ronnie Lane during The Who’s heyday. Nevertheless, none of these albums generated any financial interest, in part because they appeared to be unimportant side projects and in part because The Who at the time cast a huge shadow. With the release of Townshend’s first substantial solo album, Empty Glass in 1980, the 1980s saw a little shift in this. The delightfully straightforward and touching “Let My Love Open the Door” reached the pop Top 10 in the United States and has since gone on to become a well-known classic of the new wave era.
During The Who’s hiatus, more 1980s solo work
The diminished lineup of The Who decided to call it quits after 1981’s Face Dances and 1982’s It’s Hard because they were still grieving the tragic death of drummer Keith Moon in 1978. Townshend continued to concentrate on his solo work in part because of this, releasing his first solo concept album, White City, in 1985, and All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes in 1982. While neither of these albums came close to duplicating Empty Glass’s performance in the Top 5 of the album charts, both of them performed a great job of keeping Townshend current in the mainstream rock arena, reaching at No. 26. Both “Face Dances, Pt. 2” and “Face the Face,” were successful as singles.
Beyond “The Iron Man” the Musical
It’s hardly surprising that Townshend’s love of the theatrical carried over into his solo work given his preference for concept albums and rock operas during The Who’s heyday in the 1970s. Townshend worked extremely hard to produce 1989’s The Iron Man: The Musical, a musical version of poet Ted Hughes’ 1968 book that would later be transformed into the 1999 animated picture The Iron Giant. This was Townshend’s final solo album of the 1980s. However, the CD contained pop/rock songs, including “A Friend Is a Friend.”
The Who’s Legacy & Partial Reunions
Townshend has developed as a rock legend in the twenty years since the end of the 1980s, both in terms of reputation and awe. Although he was never renowned as a technical wizard on the guitar, his impact on many styles of hard rock has been enormous. Townshend is regarded as one of rock’s most erudite and melodic songwriters of all time. Entwhistle’s death in 2002 left the band with only half of its illustrious original lineup. Although this hasn’t prevented Townshend from touring as The Who over the past ten years with longtime countryman Roger Daltrey, the skilled musician has mostly established himself as a deserving and still influential rock and roll dignitary.
On May 21, 2016, at UCLA, he and Roger Daltrey were presented with The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement. Pete Townshend’s net worth is projected to reach $150 million as of 2023.
Pete Townshend set out on a brief (5 dates) “Classic Quadrophenia” US tour with vocalist Billy Idol, tenor Alfie Boe, and an orchestra on September 2, 2017 in Lenox, Massachusetts. The trip ended on September 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.