Independent on New Album

L. Bird pkeets at
Thu Nov 25 08:20:47 CST 2004

Repost from  Love that last paragraph.

>The story is going around the world again! ....This from today's
Independent, with Roger's comments:

Talkin' 'bout another generation, The Who return to the studio
By Ciar Byrne, Media Correspondent

25 November 2004

"I hope I die before I get old," sang Roger Daltrey nearly 40 years ago
in "My Generation". Today, the frontman of The Who is looking
distinctively middle-aged but, far from being dead, he and Pete
Townshend are preparing the band's first studio album for 22 years.

The two surviving members of The Who, who have famously clashed for much
of their career, are meeting in the studio next month to go over newly
written material.

If all goes to plan, next year they will release their first new album
since 1982, provisionally entitled Who2 .

Daltrey, 60, has given a tantalising glimpse of what fans can hope for,
promising a break from anything The Who have done before. "I'm just
about to go into the studio again with Pete for the first time in 22
years. It's exciting. It's going to be very different," he said.
Townshend, 59, has also discussed the project on his official website,
promising that, if all goes well, The Who will tour in 2005.

" Who2 will not be a concept album. That is, in itself, a concept for
me. Roger and I meet in mid-December to play what we have written. If we
move ahead from there, we may have a CD to release in the spring,"
Townshend said. "My working title for the project - Who2 - is only
partly tongue-in-cheek. If the recording works out we will tour with the
usual band in the first half of 2005."

The band released their last studio album, It's Hard , in 1982 and split
the next year, but they have had several reunion tours since.

The other founding members, drummer Keith Moon and bassist John
Entwistle, died in 1978 and 2002 respectively - Moon as the result of an
accidental drug overdose, Entwistle from a heart attack.

However, Daltrey and Townshend have played several high-profile gigs
this year, with Pino Palladino on bass and Zak Starkey, son of Ringo
Starr, on drums. Performances have included the Isle of Wight Festival,
touring the Far East and Australia, and concerts in London, Birmingham
and New York.

Daltrey and Entwistle, school friends from west London, met Townshend in
the early 1960s and formed a band called the Detours and later High
Numbers. In 1964, they became The Who after being joined by Moon. The
band, whose style was strongly influenced by the Mod fashion of the
time, went on to record a succession of hits including "Substitute", "I
Can't Explain", "I'm A Boy" and "Pictures of Lily". Like the Beatles and
the Rolling Stones, The Who enjoyed fame on both sides of the Atlantic,
with memorable appearances at Monterey in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969.

Townshend, the song-writing genius in the band, created the first rock
opera, Tommy , in 1969, including the track "Pinball Wizard". In the
1970s, The Who produced a series of acclaimed albums including Who's
Next , Quadrophenia , The Who By Numbers and Who Are You .

In 1978, the hard-living Moon died. Townshend once said that the band
should have split after Moon's death, but instead they continued with a
replacement drummer.

In May, Townshend and Daltrey released two new tracks on a compilation
of the band's classics, including "Old Red Wine", a tribute to

The DJ Bob Harris said The Who were part of the first generation of
rockers who have had to face the dilemma of whether to continue making
music into their middle age. "Is it as exciting as a new band that's
breaking down barriers? No. Is it an event? Yes, it is," he said.

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