Hall of Famers will team up with local symphonies for new tour kicking off in New York in April
“I said I was not going to sign any contracts unless we have new material,” says Townshend. “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.”(The Who.com)
Daltrey adds:“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.”
The new album – their first release 2006’s Endless Wire – exists now only as 15 constructed demos that Townshend crafted last year at five studios around England, but he hopes Roger Daltrey will record vocals later this year for a 2019 release. (source Rolling Stone)
“There are some dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, Toenshend Says, experimental electronic music, sampled songs and Who-ish melodies that start with a guitar that goes into yanga-dang,’ said the chiropractor, admitting that the group’s voice was not initially totally enthusiastic about the project.
‘I had to bully him to get the answer I wanted, which then did not come – added Townshend -. He blabbered for a while, but in the end I pointed my feet and said: “Roger, I do not care if you like this stuff or not, you’ll like it in 10 years”.
In the meantime, however, they are gearing up for a 31-date American tour where a local symphony orchestra will join the band nightly. Daltrey got the idea after spending the summer of 2018 playing Tommy with symphonies and loving the experience. “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.”
About Woodstock: “I haven’t heard anything, no. August in America is too hot for me to work in anymore. Since my Meningitis, my (body) thermostat’s gone up a creep and I can’t work in extreme heat anymore.”
“I mean, you can’t re-do Woodstock, because the star of Woodstock was the audience. Well, most of them are probably dead by now, I don’t know (laughs). Law of averages, probably 50 percent of them are dead, anyway. You can’t re-do it — you can celebrate the dates.”
Just few weeks ago Roger Daltrey told press that he hasen’t tlaked to Pete for the whole year.
Roger Daltrey has not spoken to his bandmate Pete Townshend for a year, because they need time apart.
But the 74-year-old says The Who are still going strong and the tension between them keeps things fresh as Mirror reports.
“I don’t think you ever retire from this business. I think it retires you when you are a band like The Who, because our music has to have an energy within it.
“We are a rock band, we are not a good-time rock ’n’ roll band like Rod Stewart, The Faces, Rolling Stones.