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Pete Townshend Says His Beef With Daltrey Was Elaborate Hoax

July 28, 2006 12:48 PM ET

Pete Townshend said on his In The Attic webcast yesterday that he intentionally exaggerated his squabble with Roger Daltrey. On his website, Townshend criticized Daltrey for not supporting the Who's webcasts of their recent live shows. But now Townshend says that he was just trying to distract people from the fact that the webcasts — which cost $10 a pop, to benefit charity — didn't make much money.

"When I went to talk to Roger about it we agreed that the best thing to do is to distract attention from the whole thing by having a public row," said Townshend on his video webcast, "So we're having a public row." Townshend also mentioned our Rock & Roll Daily item: "My diary postings were reproduced in part on Rolling Stone magazine for heavens sake!" he said, "There's a journalist there that can pick up the phone to me. Why do they want to rip off what I'm saying on a website diary?"

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