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The Who plans 50th anniversary tour, new music


Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are taking The Who on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.

Daltrey referred to the tour as the start of the Who's "long goodbye" during a news conference Monday at Ronnie Scott's jazz bar in London.

"Well, it just has to be really," the 70-year-old Daltrey said. "We can't go on touring forever, but we don't know how long we will go on touring. It's an open-ended kind of thing. But it will have a finality to it. We'll stop touring, I'm sure, before we stop playing as a band. It's just like Eric Clapton's just said: It's the grind of the road, it's incredibly tough on the body this age. The singing is free; you pay us for the bloody traveling. "

The Who Hits 50 tour will be a retrospective of the band's career, including best-known hits such as "Who Are You," ''Pinball Wizard," and "Baba O'Riley." It is set to begin Nov. 30 in Glasgow, Scotland, and wind up in London on Dec. 17. Tickets go on sale Friday in the U.K.

Monday's news doesn't necessarily mean Townshend and Daltrey are backing away from the band. Townshend said he's written three new songs and hopes to record them with Daltrey.

"I thought I must send them to Rog. ... Happily he likes them," the 69-year-old Townshend said.

The Who hasn't issued new music since 2006's "Endless Wire," its first release in 24 years.

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rickydh1956 July 01 2014 at 9:57 AM

A tour of "real" music, not todays no-talent crap the music industry pushes on us because it's cheap to produce.

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kodeex July 01 2014 at 7:41 AM

It's about time.... We need some real musical artist , like The Who, to make some new music. Unlike the rappers and auto tuned junk that passes for music.

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Gary kodeex July 01 2014 at 9:34 PM

Rock hasn't been any good since 1975. Rap,Metal, Pop--- it's all junk now.

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Applez64 July 01 2014 at 10:18 AM

Wow, 70 and 69! How can that be possible? Then I remembered- I'm 68! Time flies when you're not looking! Just remember that all you 'youngsters' making rude comments! Talent is talent no matter what age!

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hagman3926 July 01 2014 at 7:51 AM

The orginial Who were the greatest rock n roll band ever.

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lawrencefishberg July 01 2014 at 10:35 AM

The worst of The Who is head over heels better than the gagamadonnabiebertimberlakerhiannabeoncejayzero garbage that pollutes the pop music scene.

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vendelavee July 01 2014 at 9:39 AM

Hell they're still on their farewell tour that started 1982.

It's amazing how people will buy overpriced tickets to see over the hill rock stars.

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Insidious July 01 2014 at 8:50 AM

Who left the door open at the nursing home.

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rickydh1956 Insidious July 01 2014 at 9:58 AM

You were able to just walk out?

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cardiacbuzz July 01 2014 at 6:26 AM

It should be interesting.

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bdgrizcp July 01 2014 at 8:49 AM

Saw the Who at the Oakdale Musical Theater in Wallingford, CT back in 1967--before Tommy (with which I was never overly impressed) and they were incredible! They pretty much did the 'Live at Leeds' playlist. Just before 'My Generation' the ligfhts went out and Townsend ditched his Fender (or other fine guitar) for a cheap knock-off that was destroyed. Having seen them in their absolute prime (and for around seven bucks) I have no desire to see the band today.

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crazy ray July 01 2014 at 8:39 AM

Yep! Everytime I hear the who, I think the same thing, "Hit the road!"

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