WE WERE ASTOUNDED AT HOW WE HAD BOUNCED BACK
The last show of the tour, in October at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, was a triumph: we were astounded at how we had bounced back. John and I agreed that we had rarely played better....
Yet I was dreading going home. I couldn't face what I imagined would await me on my return — piles of charity requests, imploring letters from budding musicians, communications from Meher Baba followers, either complaining they hadn't been treated right at Oceanic or hoping I would fund their various projects. There was huge pressure to do interviews and if I did I was afraid that what I said could disturb the Who's new equilibrium. And would Karen see the guilt in my eyes?
Of course I had set myself up for failure; I could never be the right kind of Meher Baba follower, not if I continued to work in rock. Yet rock was where I was meant to be: it was the place where I had to take on board whatever spiritual lesson it was I had been put on the planet to learn.
WHO I AM, p. 247-248
2012 © Pete Townshend