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The Who Announce 2019 Tour, New Album

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend performing with The Who in Hamburg, 1972. CC by SA 2.0. Credit: Heinrich Klaffs

The Who will hit the road for a North American tour in 2019 and are working towards completing a new album, it was announced Friday. The release will mark the band’s first new music since 2006’s Endless Wire.

According to a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Townshend admits the album currently only consists of “15 painstakingly constructed demos” and that he hopes Roger Daltrey will add vocals to it this year.

In the meantime the two surviving members have confirmed a 29-date North American tour for which they’ll pair up with a local symphony in each market.

“I’ll be 75 years old in March and this feels like a dignified way to go and do music,” Daltrey told the publication of the tour’s concept.

The singer also admits it could be his last. While the tour isn’t billed as a farewell tour, the 75-year-old is realistic about his age. “I don’t want to be not as good as I was two years ago,” he says.

Dates for the tour have not yet been announced but the first leg is expected to kick off in May.

In 2016, The Who completed the North American leg of their 50th Anniversary tour after postponing several dates due to health issues. In 2017, they completed a series of shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, performing their album Tommy in its entirety for the first time ever, and resulting in the release of Tommy – Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

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