The Who are planning to tour once again in 2019 — and are currently plotting their first new studio album in 13 years. Best Classic Bands reported the band’s longtime manager Bill Curbishley appeared on BBC Radio and updated fans to what they can expect in the coming year, explaining, “We’re gonna do an album . . . Pete (Townshend)’s written some really great songs. He gave us some demos a couple of months ago and I really think of those — he gave me 12 of them — eight of them are absolutely great for the Who. And he’s still writing and he’s got so much stuff, so I’m sure he’ll adapt some of that and we’ll get some more songs.”
Curbishley mentioned the Who touring in both North America and the UK this year, which will mark Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey’s first Who gigs in two years: “We’ve got some really good dates we’re gonna do. That’s gonna be announced over the next couple of weeks.”
He also touched upon Roger Daltrey’s pet project — getting the life and times of the late-Who drummer Keith Moon on to the big screen: “We’ve talked to Roger about that for 20 years but we’re finally there. He’s had a couple of scripts over the years that didn’t really suit, but since I got involved with him we went through a couple of different scriptwriters and we’ve settled on a writer called Jeff Pope.”
Pope wrote the recent critically acclaimed Stan & Ollie biopic starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan.
Roger Daltrey told us that his abundance of solo work these days doesn’t mean the Who’s been laid to rest: “Listen, we haven’t gone away, Pete’s just having a year off (laughs). We will be doing something in the very near future, for sure. I’ve always been of the opinion that if Pete really puts his mind to it, he could potentially write his greatest work at this age. He’s got that kind of brain that would use that life experience and his musical ability, to perhaps come up with some of his greatest compositions. I’ve said this for 40 years, by the way. I like to think it would come true. He has all the ability to do it — let’s just hope he could be inspired to do it.”
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