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.