Veteran rockers The Who are ready to retire from the stage after one last spectacular world tour to mark their 50th anniversary next year, the band said.
Surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, who formed the band in 1964, are planning a spectacular series of gigs to mark their half century next year (14) but insist it will be their last time out on the road.
The band wrapped up a tour of its classic album Quadrophenia at London’s Royal Albert Hall in July but both rockers have had health issues in recent years – Daltrey needs regular throat check-ups after having a pre-cancerous growth removed in 2010 and Townshend uses special earpieces to combat recurring tinnitus.
Earlier this year, singer Daltrey hinted the Substitute hitmakers might mark their 50th anniversary after witnessing fans’ reactions to The Rolling Stones’ reunion gigs last year.
Townshend has now backed the idea of an anniversary tour, telling 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 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.”
Rockers The Who are hoping to take their mods versus rockers rock opera Quadrophenia back out on the road early next year (11).
Roger Daltrey has confirmed to Billboard.com that he and bandmate Pete Townshend are planning a new stage presentation of the group’s 1973 conce pt album, which they performed with guests at Hyde Park in London in 1996 and again earlier this year (10) to mark the 10th anniversary of benefit shows in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.
And this time, the world will get to see the ambitious show.
Daltrey says, “We’ve got ideas… We’re looking on probably being out t here, hopefully if all goes well, in the spring of next year… We defini tely don’t want to stop. We feel it’s the role of the artist to go all th e way through life ’til you can’t do it anymore.” But the singer acknowledges that Townshend’s battle with severe Tinnitu s could hamper plans: “It’s nothing that can’t be sorted out – just diffe rent monitor systems, different on-stage volume, which is where the issue is. Pete, being the addictive character he is, if he gets carried away h e tends to turn his volume up to the old levels, and that’s when it cause s the trouble. That’s one of the problems with rock ‘n’ roll, once the ol d adrenalin kicks in.” And the 66 year old also worries about the logistics of staging the ene rgetic show at his age: “There are issues with it to make it work at our age… I always had a bit of a problem, as far as the crowd was concerned , with the way we were presenting that show, the way our position within the piece was explained.
“It needs a revamp. It would be dated to put it out as it is now. We ne ed to fix that area, but I know how to do it.”