Dal­trey: Next Who tour could be our farewell

Daily Express - - News - By Mark Jef­feries

ROCK star Roger Dal­trey says The Who’s next tour could well be their last.

The band are plan­ning their first stu­dio al­bum for 13 years and signed a deal to re­turn to the stage as they cel­e­brate their 55th an­niver­sary.

But gui­tarist Pete Town­shend agreed to re­unite with Dal­trey for a US and Euro­pean tour only if the group recorded new ma­te­rial.

Dal­trey, 74, says the shows, which start in May, are likely to be his farewell. He said: “I have to be re­al­is­tic that this is the age I am. I don’t want to be not as good as I was two years ago.”

Town­shend, 73, added: “I said I was not go­ing to sign un­less we have new ma­te­rial. This has noth­ing to do with want­ing a hit al­bum.

“It has noth­ing to do with the fact that The Who need a new al­bum. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dig­nity as a writer.”

The new al­bum will be the band’s first since End­less Wire in 2006.

Town­shend said he has al­ready com­pleted 15 demos of songs, which will in­clude “dark bal­lads, heavy rock stuff, ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tron­ica, sam­pled stuff and cliched Who-ish tunes that be­gin with a gui­tar that goes yanga-dang”.

Pic­ture: FRAZER HAR­RI­SON/GETTY

Let’s see ac­tion... Dal­trey and gui­tarist Town­shend still rock­ing in 2016

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