The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has rubbished reports he criticised rock legends Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and The Band in a recent interview.

The WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN rocker insists he had no intention of "badmouthing" the superstars. He was quoted in rock journal MOJO as saying, "Dylan's rock 'n' roll was silly. He couldn't play rock 'n' roll."

He explains, "I was trying to show how in the UK in the early Sixties, we looked at the old guard of 'white' rock 'n' roll (even Elvis) as almost washed up.

"Dylan doesn't need my puffs, but neither should he or The Band be subject to slurs I didn't intend to make."