Kenney Jones told me verbatim: "I didn't want the fu***** gig, but they talked me into it."I hear ya.
At times I've debated looking for a Who tribute band, as they are my favorite band of all time.
But I can't stand playing like Moon. Trying to play that wild, that many fills, or where it's not really a beat as it is a rolling rhythm across the kit...it's exhausting! Not just physically exhausting, but mentally exhausting as well.
I recall Neil Peart saying once a long time ago in a Modern Drummer interview he grew up wanting to play like Moon, but when he got the chance, it didn't fit him. Neil liked to be organized, and playing like Moon doesn't fit that.
Kenny Jones has said when he joined The Who, there was no point in trying to replicate Moon, it couldn't be done, so he didn't even try (which pleased Pete, and pissed off Rodger, but that's another story).
He couldn't pass up the money. Kenney also told me that he told the band straight upfront not to expect a Moon clone. He wouldn't do it. No one could be Keith Moon. There were certain things Moon did that were a part of certain songs that Kenney had to reproduce, but he was more of a straight timekeeper, and Pete was happy with that. Kenney's favorite drummer was Al Jackson, Jr; hardly a Keith Moon-style drummer.
According to Kenney, Daltrey,"Wanted Keith Moon to walk in the door and take over the drum chair." After awhile, Jones's relationship with Daltrey turned negative, although he's still friends with Townshend, and even played with The Who at some charity event not that long ago.
I have a British acquaintance who knows Daltrey, and called him, "An annoying little man," or something like that.