The Who are an Englishrockband who first came to prominence in the 1960sand grew in stature to be considered one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time . Except for periods of retirement from 1983to 1988and from 1990to 1995, the band members have continued to perform as a live act. Their most recent studio album was released in 2006.
Noted for the dynamism of their performances and for their thoughtful and art-influenced music, the members of The Who are also acknowledged as rock pioneers, popularising, along with contemporaries The Kinks, the power chordand the rock opera(most notably Tommy). Their earlier "mod" albums, which boasted short, aggressive pop songs, Pete Townshend's distinctive power chords, Keith Moon's explosive drumming, John Entwistle's nimble bass style, Roger Daltrey's powerful vocals, and constant themes of youthful rebellion and romantic confusion, were formative influences on hard rockand power pop, while their loud and violent concerts helped pave the way for punk rockand heavy metal. In their early days they were notorious for auto-destructive artdisplays, destroying their instruments at the end of shows (an activity favoured both by infamous wildman Moon and by Townshend, whose guitar-smashing would become a rock cliché).
The Who are on a world tour as of June 2006 which will last into 2007.
The Who are #8 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and #9 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock 'n' Roll.
From mod rockers to rock operas to hard rock, The Who reigned triumphant as prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World's Greatest Rock Band. - The Who's display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.