With the Rolling Stones still raking in the dough from their myriad tours, the similarly geriatric Who will follow Mick and Keith’s lead and continue to milk dollars from their baby boomer fans — but only after songwriter Pete Townshend completes a new album. Under a post on his online diary called “I will go on tour,” Townshend writes, “I am reticent about committing to a tour without a completed new Who album under my belt.” The album would be the first new Who material since 1982’s It’s Hard, and the first album without founding bassist John Entwistle, who passed away in 2002.
In trademark ornery fashion, Townshend goes on to say, “I certainly don’t give a flying f**k whether anything I write is a hit, or will get played on my beloved rock radio…What I care about is that Roger Daltrey feels comfortable with the songs I write so he can sing a few of them on stage — while I lunge around looking gorgeous and playing show-off guitar like a kid in a music shop.” In the same post, Townshend speculates that the Who tour will kick off sometime next summer.
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