Pete Townshend Says 2014 Who Tour Will Be Hit Based
Pete Townshend revealed that there will be no big concept behind the Who’s 50th anniversary world tour. Unlike the band’s recent revival of Quadrophenia, the Who’s next outing will focus on the classics for the group’s last major go ’round. Townshend told The London Evening Standard, “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”
Roger Daltrey — the one Who member who’d prefer to tour annually — is seemingly unaware of the band’s 2014 plans, telling Uncut, “We’ve got no plans at all for next year. And I really mean that. I wish we did, because I could do with the Who at the Albert Hall in March. To me, so what? It’s 50 years. It’s lucky Pete and I are still here. As long as we can still do it, it doesn’t matter if it’s 51 years or 53 years. I’d hate to think it’s all over. But if it is, it’s been a great run. I think Pete and I are playing better than ever, we’re joined at the hip. There’s no reason to stop, and the music hasn’t dated, so why not? But equally, you can’t be on the road all the time.”
A source close to the band told the Evening Standard that following the tour both Townshend and Daltrey will focus on solo projects.