Talkin’ ‘bout re­gen­er­a­tion..

The Who to tour and record new ma­te­rial

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MARK JEF­FERIES Show­biz Editor mark.jef­[email protected]­

THE Who are get­ting ready for what could be singer Roger Dal­trey’s last tour and work­ing on their first stu­dio al­bum in a more than a decade.

The rock­ers are start­ing a string of UK and US dates for pro­moter Live Na­tion in May, while the as-yet un­ti­tled new al­bum is due to come out later this year.

Dal­trey, 74, said: “This will pos­si­bly be my last tour. I have to be re­al­is­tic that this is the age I am and voices start to go af­ter a while. I don’t want to be not as good as I was two years ago.”

Gui­tarist Pete Town­shend,

73, re­fused to com­mit to the tour to cel­e­brate the band’s

55th an­niver­sary un­less they recorded new ma­te­rial.

He said: “This has noth­ing to do with want­ing a hit al­bum [or] the fact The Who need a new al­bum. It’s purely per­sonal. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dig­nity as a writer.” The LP will be the band’s first since 2006’s End­less Wire.

Town­shend said he has al­ready sketched out 15 new songs in­clud­ing “dark bal­lads, heavy rock and cliched Who-ish tunes that be­gan with a gui­tar that goes yan­gadang”.

But Dal­trey is yet to con­trib­ute. The pair have not spo­ken for a year and com­mu­ni­cate through their man­age­ment.

Dal­trey said: “There’s at least five or six [songs] I can lay into and I’m sure they’ll come out in­cred­i­ble.”

PLAN Dal­trey & Town­shend

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