WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend (R) pose for a photo at the National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on the University of California, Los Angeles Daltry/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at The National Press Club on November 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12: Roger Daltrey of The Who addresses the National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on the University of California, Los Angeles Daltry/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at The National Press Club on November 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12: Pete Townshend of The Who addresses the National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on the University of California, Los Angeles Daltry/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at The National Press Club on November 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
Roger Daltry (L) and Pete Townshend of the British rock band The Who perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON - JULY 02: (MINIMUM FEE OF GBP250, OR LOCAL EQUIVALENT, PER IMAGE.ONLY FOR USE IN CONTEXT OF LIVE 8. NO USE THAT IS DEROGATORY OR DAMAGING TO THE BAND AID TRUST, LIVE 8 OR MAKE POVERTY HISTORY. NO SALES FOR ON-LINE USE) Musicians Pete Townshend (R) and Roger Daltrey of The Who perform on stage at 'Live 8 London' in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raise awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Live 8 via Getty Images)
(L-R) Musicians Peter Townshend, John Entwistle and Roger Daltrey of musical group The Who. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
(L-R) Musicians Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Roger Daltrey of musical group The Who. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 18: Roger Daltrey, 25, and Pete Townshend, 23, of the Who turn themselves in to police at the Fifth St. stationhouse. Both were charged with the assault of Tactical Patrol Force cop Daniel Mulhearn (right) during a show at the Fillmore East. Mulhearn was trying to clear the theater because of a fire in the next building. Not knowing he was a cop, the band members thought he was causing trouble and threw him out of the building. Daltry and Townshend were released on their own recognizance and later fined $75.00., (Photo by Vincent Riehl/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
THE WHO UK rock group about 1969 from left Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon
THE WHO UK group about 1966 from left Roger Daltry, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle
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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.