Pete Townshend believes that by the Who focusing on the road over the past 20 years, it’s curbed the amount of new music produced. Townshend has just wrapped a string of London sessions for the band’s first album in 13 years with longtime who sidemen Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, and his younger brother Simon Townshend, who overdubbed parts onto Pete’s multi-track demos. Roger Daltrey will add his vocals to the tracks within the coming month.
Townshend explained that since the 2002 death of John Entwistle — and even longer, going back to the end of the Who’s full scale studio career with Keith Moon and then Kenney Jones — the Who have remained a group, but not necessarily a “band”: “Y’know, what actually unified the sound of those albums was going in to the studio with a band. Y’know what I mean? Going in with Keith (Moon), John, and Pete playing together and that had a sound and a dynamic to it that kind of, in a sense, knitted everything together. We haven’t had that for a long time. So, it’s one of the reasons we haven’t made records. We don’t have a band that we can call on that we can drag into a studio and jam. Y’know, we don’t have that.”
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