Pete Townshend: ‘Who Album cost too much’


The Who’s Pete Townshend has hinted he will release 10 new songs after the coronavirus lockdown but there is a problem.

The Who have canceled upcoming UK and Ireland tour due To COVID-19 British rockers were due to perform with a full orchestra at rescheduled arena shows in March 2021. Their Teenage Cancer Trust gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 20 has also been scrapped.

“I feel really lucky because what I do mainly is spend a lot of time on my own in the studio,” he told the BBC. “I feel like I’ve been given an answer to a prayer”

The guitarist, 75, is working in his home studio and “wants to make another” if it was worthwhile financially, calling streaming income “a joke”.

Pete Townshend said the Who’s most recent album, 2019’s Who, caused resentment because it cost too much to make.

Will there be another Who album? I don’t know,” Townshend told Uncut in a new interview. “It was great to have an album out there, something that the fans liked, and I was really proud of it. But far too much money was spent making it. It went out of control completely and ended up costing me money. I can’t go on doing that.” He recalled the work as having been “tough” and added that he believed Daltrey felt the same.

“There’s a certain amount of resentment on both sides. Partly on Roger’s side, perhaps, resentment that we were paid a lot of money for the album and it was all spent making it. On my side, the fact that Roger was so actively diffident at first. Now he’s proud of what he did on the record, and so he should be, because he did such a great job.”

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The coronavirus may have forced the Who to push all their tour dates until 2021, but that doesn’t mean Pete Townshend has been inactive. In a new interview with the BBC’s Matt Everett, he revealed he’s using the downtime to begin work on new Who music.(Rolling Stone)

“I’m in Wilshire; I’ve got a country place here,” he said. “I have to say I feel really lucky because what I do mainly is spend a lot of time on my own in the studio. I feel like I’ve been given an answer to a prayer I don’t think I would have had the guts to do, which is to say, ‘Please cancel everything and give me some time in the studio!’ It feels like a gift.”

His focus now is on a remix of “Beads on One String” from the Who’s 2019 record Who for possible release as a single. “The other thing I’ve done is looked at the possibility of starting work early — I was going to do this next year — but starting work early on writing new songs for another Who album, as the last one did so well. So, I’m knocking ideas around.”

Townshend has revealed how he will fill his time during the coronavirus pandemic, and the 36-year-old hip-hop star – who was also known as Childish Gambino – is one of the artists he’s looking forward to dedicating “an hour of concentrated listening” to, whilst he quipped that he keeps saying the youth of today, the Spotify generation, don’t spend enough time getting stuck into one record.(





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