Buzz Osbourne Singles Out Pete Townshend for Acoustic Rock God Status

Look! The praises from King Buzzo!

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We know Melvins mainman King Buzzo for his rants at the rock greats. We've heard his opinion about such rock greats as Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl (and Nirvana at whole), KISS, even Metallica and the whole rock music. But now he gives nothing else but praises to the Who's legendary Pete Townshend.

This year he released his debut solo album, an acoustic effort "This Machine Kills Artists," and now he, talking to Ultimate Classic Rock, reveales which classic artists he feels have unplugged most succesfully.

"I believe it was the late '70s, [Pete Townshend] did a live show where he played Who songs acoustic on a record called 'The Secret Policeman's Ball,'" Buzzo recalled. "I believe it was a charity event. But I heard that then, and you know, I realized really quickly that he was the reason why that stuff was good, because he could get up there and play those songs and sing 'em with an acoustic guitar, and that was really cool.

"I think that was always in the back of my mind, at least to some degree, how he did that, even if I didn't want to do it exactly like him," he concluded. "I think that was a big influence, certainly, on what I was doing, but mostly in a philosophical way, more than anything else."

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    Still waiting for the book, Pete...
    Please explain? He released a book in 2012
    When he was busted back in the 90's for certain, shall we say, ill-advised online activites, the reason he gave was that he was researching for a book. In the years that followed the joke was 'Still waiting for that book'.Ha, never knew he'd actually written one!
    Makes me wonder what Buzz would say about NIRVANA Unplugged. I suppose it was a total betrayal of their punk rock ethics??
    Supposedly he also mentioned (not confirmed) that Fantomas could be touring again in the near future
    I heard from a couple different interviews with Buzz that said he was fine with it, but it was up to Mike Patton entirely. Also, that Patton hasn't contacted him yet.