Pete Townsend Says The Who 2014 World 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.
Pete Townshend told us that after years of relating to his music as an extension of himself, he's finally come to understand what the music has meant to his audience: "What I can do now with good grace is accept that it was a good idea and that it was carried out brilliantly by the people involved in it, and also responded to in a magnificent way by the people that got it. There are a whole number of people that have responded to the idea and have extrapolated something from it into their own world."
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