Published Jul 06, 2010The Who have hinted that they are antsy to get back on tour, and are just ironing out the details now for a "new show" that should start next spring.
As lead singer Roger Daltrey recently told Billboard, "We're just working out what to do next. We've got ideas... We're looking on probably being out there, hopefully, if all goes well, in the spring of next year... We definitely don't want to stop. We feel it's the role of the artist to go all the way through life 'til you can't do it anymore."
Of course, Daltrey points out, "There's a few things to get around," referring mainly to guitarist and composer Pete Townshend's continuing battle with tinnitus, which causes a continual ringing in his ears. "It's nothing that can't be sorted out," Daltrey says, "just different monitor systems, different onstage volume, which is where the issue is. Pete being the addictive character he is, if he gets carried away he tends to turn his volume up to the old levels, and that's when it causes the trouble. That's one of the problems with rock'n'roll, once the old adrenaline kicks in."
Daltrey has also hinted that the new show might take the form of a revamped stage performance of the Who's 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia, which the band performed as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust benefits on March 30 in London. Daltrey admits that "there are issues with it to make it work at our age. I'm 16 years older than when we last did it, and I always had a bit of a problem, as far as the crowd was concerned, with the way we were presenting that show, the way our position within the piece was explained. For the newcomers, it was narratively a bit of a puzzle, what Pete and I were to this guy on the screen. It needs a revamp. It would be dated to put it out as it is now. We need to fix that area, but I know how to do it."
In related the Who news, Daltrey has recently been touring both as a headliner and opening for Eric Clapton, as well as supporting the launch of a Teenage Cancer Trust in the U.S. Townshend has been working on his new musical, Floss.