List of the Who band members

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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. Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have been the band's only constant members throughout its history.[1]

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 (Those also part of "The Detours" feature an asterisk)
  • Roger Daltrey* – lead vocals, harmonica, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, trombone (Mar 1959–1965, 1965-1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996-present)
  • Pete Townshend* – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals, rhythm guitar (Feb 1962–1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996-present)
Former members from "The Who" (Those also part of "The Detours" feature an asterisk)
  • John Entwistle* – bass, backing and lead vocals, trumpet, french horn, piano (1959 (according to one source) or Sep 1961 (according to another)–1966, 1966-1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996-2002; died 2002)
  • Doug Sandom* – drums (Jul 1962-Apr 1964; died 2019)
  • Keith Moon – drums, occasional vocals (Apr 1964–1966, 1966-1978; died 1978)
  • Kenney Jones – drums (1978–1982, 1985, 1988, 2014)

Former members from "The Detours"

  • Colin Dawson – lead vocals (1959-Jan 1963)
  • Gabby Connolly – lead vocals, bass guitar (Jan-May 1963)
  • Roy Ellis – rhythm guitar (1961-1962)
  • Peter James – rhythm guitar (1961-Feb 1962)
  • Reg Bowen – guitar (? (Probably 1962)-Feb 1962)[2]
    • Some sources reference Peter James or Reg Bowen, it's possible they're both the same person.
  • Harry Wilson – drums (1959 (according to one source) or 1961 (according to another)-1962)[3][4]

Touring members[edit]

Current touring members
Former touring members
  • Dave Gold - drums (Apr 1964)
  • Mitch Mitchell - drums (Apr 1964)
  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards (1979–1981, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1996–2011)
  • Reg Brooks – trombone (1979–1980)
  • David Caswell – trumpet (1979–1980)
  • Howie Casey – saxophone (1979–1980)
  • Dick Parry – saxophone (1979–1980)
  • Tim Gorman – keyboards (1982)
  • Simon Phillips – drums (1989)
  • Steve Bolton – rhythm and lead guitars (1989)
  • Jody Linscott – percussion (1989, 1996–1997)
  • Simon Clarke – saxophone (1989)
  • Roddy Lorimer – trumpet (1989)
  • Simon Gardner – trumpet (1989, 1996–1997)
  • Neil Sidwell – trombone (1989, 1996–1997)
  • Tim Sanders – saxophone (1989)
  • Chyna Gordon – backing vocals (1989)
  • Cleveland Watkiss – backing vocals (1989)
  • Jon Carin – keyboards (1996–1997)
  • Dennis Farias – horn section (1996–1997)
  • Nick Lane – horn section (1996–1997)
  • Roy Wiegand – horn section (1996–1997)
  • Pino Palladino – bass (2002–2016)
  • Frank Simes – keyboards, backing vocals (2012–2017)
  • John Corey – keyboards, backing vocals (2012–2017)
  • J. Greg Miller – brass (2012–2013)
  • Reggie Grisham – brass (2012–2013)

Fully detailed timeline[edit]

The Detours
(1962 – January 1963)
  • Colin Dawson – lead vocals
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar
  • Roger Daltrey – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass, backing vocals
  • Doug Sandom – drums
The Detours
(January–December 1963)
  • Gabby Connolly – lead vocals
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar
  • Roger Daltrey – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass, backing vocals
  • Doug Sandom – drums
The Detours
(December 1963 – April 1964)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass, backing vocals
  • Doug Sandom – drums
The Who[5]
(April 1964 – September 1978)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing and lead vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass, backing and lead vocals
  • Keith Moon – drums, occasional vocals[6]
Death of Keith Moon
(7 September 1978)
The Who
Who Are You Tour
(1979–1980)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead and rhythm guitars, backing and lead vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass, backing and lead vocals
  • Kenney Jones – drums

with

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

with

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

with

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

with

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

with

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

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards
  • Zak Starkey – drums
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Jon Carin – keyboards
  • 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, musical director
The Who
(1999 – February 2002)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass, occasional vocals

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards[7]
  • Zak Starkey – drums
The Who
(February–June 2002)[8]
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • John Entwistle – bass

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Zak Starkey – drums
Death of John Entwistle
(27 June 2002)
The Who
(July 2002 – 2011)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals

with

  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick – keyboards[9][10]
  • Zak Starkey – drums[11]
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Pino Palladino – bass[11]
One-off performance at the
2012 Summer Olympics
closing ceremony (2012)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar, backing vocals

with

  • Zak Starkey – drums
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Billy Nicholls – backing vocals, musical director
  • Morgan Nicholls – bass
  • Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards
The Who
Quadrophenia and More Tour
(2012–2013)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals

with

  • Zak Starkey – drums[12]
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Pino Palladino – bass
  • Frank Simes – keyboards, backing vocals, musical director
  • Loren Gold – keyboards, backing vocals
  • John Corey – piano, keyboards, backing vocals
  • J. Greg Miller – brass
  • Reggie Grisham – brass
The Who
(2014–2016)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals

with

  • Zak Starkey – drums
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Pino Palladino – bass
  • Frank Simes – keyboards, backing vocals, musical director
  • Loren Gold – keyboards, backing vocals
  • John Corey – keyboards, backing vocals
The Who
(2017)
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals

with

  • Zak Starkey – drums
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Jon Button – bass
  • Frank Simes - keyboards, backing vocals, musical director
  • Loren Gold – keyboards, backing vocals
  • John Corey – keyboards, backing vocals
The Who
(2019–present)[13]
  • Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
  • Pete Townshend – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals

with

  • Zak Starkey – drums
  • Billy Nicholls - backing vocals, musical director
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Loren Gold – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jon Button – bass

Timeline[14][edit]

Touring members timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Even with just two original members, the Who prove they can still rock". New York Daily News. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ "detours1.page". www.geocities.ws. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  3. ^ "The Who discography". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  4. ^ "The Who This Month! 1962". thewhothismonth.com. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  5. ^ For a few months between July and October 1964, The Who were renamed The High Numbers at the insistence of their manager Peter Meaden.
  6. ^ Keith Moon lost consciousness during a show in San Francisco on 20 November 1973, and was substituted for by audience member Scot Halpin.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Brian Kehew was unable to join the band on 8 November 2006, and was substituted for by J.J. Blair.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Zak Starkey was unable to join the band from 5–14 February and from 8 June – 8 July 2013, and was substituted for by Scott Devours.
  13. ^ "Current Touring Band". Thewho.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  14. ^ http://thewhothismonth.com/1962.html

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