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Published: 2013/10/24

Pete Townshend Says The Who Are Done After 2015 Tour

Pete Townshend has confirmed that The Who will retire for good following a 50th anniversary tour in 2015. The guitarist and songwriter revealed the news yesterday to the UK newspaper Evening Standard while out at a screening for the new documentary Sensation — The Story of The Who’s Tommy.

The tour would be the band’s first since last year’s extensive outing, which honored the 40th anniversary of the their other classic rock opera, Quadrophenia. The band’s only surveying members, Tonwshend and singer Roger Daltrey, both suffered from health problems during the tour, with Townshend suffering from hearing issues and Daltrey dealing with throat issues following a 2010 surgery.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Townshend explained that, “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”

The newspaper has reported that Townshend and Daltrey plan to work on solo projects after the tour wraps up. For the time being, the band are out promoting the new documentary, as well as a special edition Tommy box set that is set for release on November 11.

You can check out part of the cover story on The Who from the January/February 2013 issue of Relix here.


There are 12 comments associated with this post

HappyJack October 24, 2013, 12:11:20

Bull$hit! Pete has said this wolf cry too many times before. BTW- when are tix onsale?

chris October 24, 2013, 12:31:10

Pete Townshend says The Who will retire after their 1982 world tour…..

Shady Backflash October 24, 2013, 12:40:19

I saw the twice on the last tour and will try to see them again on the next. They are worth every penny… Especially in Oakland where the cheap seats sucked and better seats were DEFINITELY worth shelling out for! “We were the first band to vomit in the bar and the find the distance to the stage too far.” — “Long Live Rock”

Markus October 24, 2013, 12:51:45

Someone needs to inform Pete that the Who were done when Entwistle died in Vegas. Many would argue they were done well before that as a matter of fact. Nothing left but to collect money from merchandise. And this is coming from a Who fan.

BigBossMan October 24, 2013, 13:08:02

The Two

jazzfester October 24, 2013, 13:09:58

I just learned that the Who is on tour.

tomg October 24, 2013, 13:41:12

The Who have been done since Keith Moon died.

yossarian October 24, 2013, 16:19:40

How about a new album called “Who’s Left?”

mutter October 25, 2013, 11:15:48

HEY PETE-How about a solo tour highlighting your awesome SOLO MATERIAL? Empty Glass, Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, White City and the like?

Scott October 25, 2013, 13:00:46

Pete and Roger did good, as far as I’m concerned. They deserve a dignified end to their careers, and I hope that this upcoming anniversary tour will provide that, for themselves and for the fans.

Jim October 27, 2013, 10:19:21

Yeah the who were dead after Keith and the Ox died. What a pack of morons here. I suppose the ABB died when Duame did and Dickey got canned. The concert for NYC after 9/11 might be one of finest performances by the Who, Moon or no Moon. And the last Quadrophenia tour was stellar. I will continue to see them even if they decide to come back after 50 years. Long live Pete and Roger!!

Paul Abraham March 24, 2015, 09:45:28

Oh dear! Give it up lads!

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