The Who to record new material next year?

Roger Daltrey has suggested The Who might record new material next year, while also played down reports that a proposed Who tour in 2015 will be their last.

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Roger Daltrey has suggested The Who might record new material next year, while also played down reports that a proposed Who tour in 2015 will be their last.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Daltrey said, “That will be the last big tour. People have read that wrong though. We aren’t finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour.”

Asked whether the band will dig deep into their back catalogue to play some rarer cuts, Daltrey confirmed that the shows would focus on The Who‘s substantial catalogue of hits. “People don’t want new stuff,” says Daltrey. “The fans might want that, but most people that want to come to a show want to hear what they grew up with. Let’s not kid ourselves. We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits. That’s a fact. The economics of the road, obviously, demand that you sell a lot of tickets… There might be 40,000 total people in America who want to hear ‘Slip Kid.’ That won’t be enough to put us on the road.”

In perhaps the biggest revelation, Daltrey claimed: “We’re hoping to do an album. If we play any of those songs, we’ll have to do them in separate shows and announce that ahead of time. If people want to buy those tickets in great numbers, fabulous.”

You can read a new interview with Daltrey and Pete Townshend here.


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