The Who to make new album

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 July 2014
Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

The Who plan to enter the recording studio this summer to work on new material ahead of their planned UK tour at the end of the year

The Who plan to record a new album this summer.

The 'My Generation' rockers - who haven't released new material since 2006 album 'Endless Wire' - already have three demos written and plan to do more work on them ahead of their 50th anniversary tour later this year.

Speaking at a press conference at London's Ronnie Scott's yesterday (30.06.14), guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend said: "I gave Roger [Daltrey] three demos of three rough songs that I've knocked up.

"I've been doing a lot of recording work and writing recently with a whole wide variety of people and quite a lot of collaborations, I've done some TV music and I've collaborated with a lot of other writers which is not something I've done a lot in the past.

"I came up with three songs so I thought I just send them Roger before we do this particular thing and happily he likes them. So now we're considering getting into the studio in the summer and do a couple of things that might trigger something further down the road. So the answer is yes we're hoping to record."

Pete wants to work on the album in a "more basic" way than usual, though he warned the music could be "prog rock".

He added: "I just mentioned to Roger before we came on that I really liked the basic pub rock sound of the album that he did with Wilko Johnson and we may try and make the record in a slightly more basic way than we usually work, although my writing these days is pretty complicated. It's more prog rock than pub rock."

Tickets for the nine-date 'The Who Hits 50' tour - which begins in Glasgow on November 30 and ends at London's The O2 on December 17 - go on sale at 9am on July 4 from

'The Who Hits 50' UK tour dates:

November 30 - Glasgow, SSE Hydro

December 2 - Leeds, First Direct Arena

December 5 - Nottingham, Capital FM Arena

December 7 - Birmingham, NIA

December 9 - Newcastle, Metro

December 11 - Liverpool, Echo Arena

December 13 - Manchester, Phones 4U Arena

December 15 - Cardiff, Motorpoint

December 17 - London, O2 Arena

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