fender31 - 1/12/2019 at 12:13 PM

Did every band on earth make a pact to release new music in 2019? Now joining the massive list is The Who, and they’re planning to put out their first record since 2006’s Endless Wire.
The Who could easily spend the rest of their days playing arenas and taking home big paydays, but guitarist Pete Townshend refused to tour in 2019 if a new album wasn’t planned.

“I said I was not going to sign any contracts unless we have new material,” Townshend tells Rolling Stone. “This has nothing to do with wanting a hit album. It has nothing to do with the fact that the Who need a new album. It’s purely personal. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dignity as a writer.o far, 15 demos are in the can, and Townshend is hoping Roger Daltrey will lay down vocal parts in time for a 2019 release.

The Who will embark on a 31-date U.S. tour this year, with local orchestras joining the band each night. Daltrey insisted on the idea after performing Tommy in its entirety with symphonies last year.
“I’ll be 75 years old in March and this feels like a dignified way to go and do music,” he says. “That’s all we’re really left with. We’re old men now. We’ve lost the looks. We’ve lost the glamour. What we’re left with is the music and we’re going to present it in a way which is as fresh and powerful as ever.”

Townshend adds that one of the band’s big obstacles is that he and Daltrey don’t have a good relationship. “One of the great difficulties here isn’t that Roger and I don’t get on. It’s that we don’t communicate," said Townshend. Over the years we haven’t really developed a dialogue. I don’t think that the fault is on my side. He feels a bit intimidated, perhaps, because I overcomplicate things, but we think very, very differently.”

74Jer - 1/12/2019 at 11:02 PM

Townshend found a shred of credibility and has decided to bulldoze it with boomer product. I used to look-up to the guy....blech!

PhotoRon286 - 1/14/2019 at 10:51 PM

I would not pay to see The Two.

fender31 - 1/14/2019 at 11:12 PM

I am glad those 2 guys want to record another album.

hotlantatim - 1/15/2019 at 10:34 PM

I've heard that Daltrey sounds better in recent years (did he have procedure done to help his throat?).

However, I've been reluctant to see them. I saw The Who in 2000: Roger, Pete, John + Zak on Drums and Rabbit on keys. Just the 5 of them and it rocked for 20 (mostly) hits and 2+ hrs. About as pure as I was going to get in 2000 (no orchestras, extras, Pete on electric guitar, and they were still "middle aged") and I was with 3-4 buddies who loved The Who.

Don't want to ruin that last The Who experience.....but maybe I would actually go.....we'll see.

fensranger - 1/17/2019 at 07:42 PM

i love the WHO but hearing them play with an Orchestra? I went to see the Quadrophenia show with an orchestra and thought it was awful. Pete played a few guitar rifts and some opera singer sang and i thought it was terrible.

I am not sure how this show will be but I am not paying hundreds of dollars for tickets. Pete wants to reinvent himself in his seventies and because it is the WHO people will pay and go.

Except for ABB probably my favorite band of all time. Even seeing them without Moon and then Entwhistle i still loved their live shows including the real Quadrophenia but am passing on this one.

Would much rather catch the Santana show of Supernatural being played the right way.

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