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The Who finishing new album next month

Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Pete Townshend checked in with fans again yesterday (March 14th) via TheWho.com. Townshend was on site at London’s Wembley Stadium to meet the U.K. press with Roger Daltrey to publicize the band’s July 6th concert at the venue with special guests Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Cheifs. In his video blog, Townshend outlined the schedule for the new, still-untitled Who album, stating that it will be completed next month. Townshend didn’t say whether he expected the album to be released in time for the Who’s tour kickoff on May 7th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Townshend’s post on TheWho.com read in part:

“It’s a wonderful thing. I hadn’t seen Roger for quite a long time, and it was good to spend some time together even if we were working. I’m not sure that we do all that well when we do interviews together — we have different ways of approaching the process — but we did our best to agree to disagree on very few things and surprisingly ended up agreeing on 99 percent of everything. Isn’t it amazing what 55 years of working together can achieve?

Roger is very positive about the new songs we are working on for the forthcoming album. He has been doing sketch vocals, getting used to the songs and finding his own place, and his own way into the stories. I’m about to listen to more work Roger has been doing in the studio on vocals, and I know he will surprise me and delight me as always. Until Roger sings one of my songs it isn’t really a ‘Who’ song, and the magic is starting to happen.”

Pete Townshend told us that this is a good time for the Who, with a new album inching towards completion and its first full-length orchestral tour on the horizon: “It’s all fun, it really is, it’s all play. Y’know, the studio stuff and the music stuff, for me, that’s what I love to do. And the touring; these days, I don’t find it hard, so, I don’t dislike it the way I used to do when I was younger — but I can’t say that I love it the way that some people do. But, I’m kind of tickled by what we’ve taken on here. We shall see (laughs) what happens — it’s quite exciting. It’s a bit early to be talking about it, because as I’m sure you are starting to gather, I really don’t know what the (beep) is (laughs) going to happen.”

The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):

May 7 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
May 9 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
May 11 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
May 13 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
May 16 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
May 18 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
May 21 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
May 23 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis
May 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
May 28 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
May 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
June 1 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
June 6 – London, England – Wembley Stadium
September 6 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
September 8 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 10 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
September 13 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
September 15 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
September 18 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
September 20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
September 22 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
September 25 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
September 27 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
September 29 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
October 11, 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
October 16 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
October 19 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners
October 21 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
October 23 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place

Side Notes:

Although the Who’s “Moving On!” tour is primary an arena run, there are several outdoor venues on the North American itinerary — including Wantagh, New York’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater; East Troy, Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio’s Blossom Music Center; a two-night stand at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl — and a trio of stadium shows hitting Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park; Boston’s Fenway Park; and Seattle’s T-Mobile Park.

In addition to Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the Who’s 2019 lineup features longtime touring members Zak Starkey on drums and Pete Townshend’s younger brother, Simon Townshend on rhythm guitar. Rounding out the band are Who and Daltrey veterans Loren Gold on keyboards and bassist Jon Button.