Pete Townshend to discuss future of The Who with Roger Daltrey as they reach "end of an era"
11 December 2023, 12:21
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They've been going for nearly sixty years now.
When The Who launched themselves into pop culture of the sixties, they might have not expected to be playing music well into their eighties.
Rebellious youth anthems like 'My Generation' would certainly point in that direction, given the iconic line: "I hope I die before I get old".
But after they exploded into the charts with their 1965 hit, The Who evolved into one of the most beloved bands of the era.
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After a summer of concerts for The Who however, that might not be the case for much longer, as Townshend revealed he'll be discussing the band's future with Daltrey as they reach the "end of an era".
Performing with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for their summer shows, the rock legends capped off their tour with a special concert at Sandringham Estate in August.
But Townshend threw the band's future into doubt, saying he'll be discussing plans with Roger Daltrey soon, neither confirming or denying if the band still has a future.
Talking to Record Collector in a recent interview, Townshend revealed: "I think it’s time for Roger and I to go to lunch and have a chat about what happens next."
"Because Sandringham shouldn’t feel like the end of anything but it feels like the end of an era."
The Who's windmilling guitarist then added: "It's a question of, really, what is feasible, what would be lucrative, what would be fun?"
"So, I wrote to Roger and said, come on, let's have a chat and see what's there," leaving things fairly open-ended.
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2024 will mark the 60th anniversary of The Who's official formation, so fans are expecting Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend to announce something suitable to celebrate such a landmark.
But aside from The Who, the band's two remaining founding members have plenty of other irons in the fire.
Townshend recently revealed he's working on a new rock opera, based on his 2019 novel, The Age Of Anxiety, and bringing it to the stage.
It'll follow two former rock operas developed by Pete Townshend, which were based on The Who's 1969 album titled Tommy, and another in 1973 named Quadrophenia.
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He told The Sun not long ago, "I am also working on a documentary about the project, from its inception in 2007 until today."
"I'm probably two years off completing it, at which time I hope to perform it with a full opera and a cast of guest singers."
Daltrey is also preoccupied with the biopic of Keith Moon, titled The Real Me, so we'll have to wait and see if there's still any life left in The Who.