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The Who's Townshend and Daltrey Discuss Possibility of a 50th Anniversary Tour

Image courtesy of Photo: Ross Halfim (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo: Ross Halfim (via ABC News Radio)

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of The Who , so expectations are high that the band will commemorate the milestone with a special tour.  However, the group's two surviving members, guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey , seem to have somewhat different opinions about hitting the road again.

Speaking this week with log/the-view-from-here/the-who-townshend-and-daltrey-on-tommy-touring-and-their-50th-anniversaryU.K. magazine Uncut , Townshend reveals that The Who probably will mount an anniversary tour in 2014, while noting that "it'll probably be the last big tour that we do."

The 68-year-old rock legend admits that although The Who's recent Quadrophenia and More tour was successful, he "wasn't particularly crazy about being up on the stage and on the road."

He says that one of the things that made that trek more bearable for him was the fact that Daltrey took the reins with regard to the outing's creative elements.

"I just showed up and wanged away on the guitar," he declares.  "I enjoyed it."

Townshend points out that one of the things that still makes touring worthwhile to him is receiving "the affection of the public."

Summing up his opinion about the anniversary trek, Pete says that although "I won't have much fun…I think we need to go out, we need to celebrate it."

As for Daltrey, he tells Uncut that 2014 is "just another year for us," while adding that The Who currently has "no plans at all for next year."  He also says, regardless of what year it is, he would like to keep touring "as long as we can still do it."

Roger maintains that he and Townshend "are playing better than ever, we're joined at the hip."  He adds, "There's no reason to stop, and the music hasn't dated, so why not?"

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