Townshend impressed by Super Bowl
Published 08/02/2010 | 12:14
Pete Townshend has said he was impressed with the fans at the Super Bowl, despite receiving a less than enthusiastic reception for his band The Who's half-time performance.
The Who performed a medley of some of their most famous songs during a 12-minute set which included a laser-lit stage and fireworks, but the crowd seemed subdued.
But Pete laughed after their show: "You know, you could kind of tell from the stage the crowd is really here for the game - it was nice for that reason."
He went on: "It was nice to feel a part of something and not having it all to be about us."
Pete added he was impressed by his first American Football game.
"It's extraordinary," he said. "You forget how big sport is and how every week it happens ... I'm not trying to be humble but we felt like a very small piece of a huge team."
The Super Bowl also saw the debut of a new remix of My Generation by Will.i.am and Slash, with proceeds going to Haiti. Pete said he was impressed with the remix: "It's actually very elegant, it's not gangster."
He called his entire Super Bowl experience a success, despite protests by some children's rights advocates about his presence at the event. Although he said he felt like the protests were "a bit of a cheap shot," he said it was "dealt with fairly elegantly in the press conference".
He added: "I think if people don't believe, they fall on that side of the line, there's little I can do, but most people have been very kind, very understanding, and I know I did nothing wrong."