The Who will give it a rest after they tour the world on a 50th Anniversary tour in 2015. London’s the Evening Standard caught up with the band this week while they were in Hammerstein for the screening of “Sensation – The Story of the Who’s Tommy.”
“For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us,” guitarist Pete Townshend told the Standard. “There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits."
The Who’s first album “My Generation” was released in 1965 and they have since sold over 100 million records. The band has toured with different live musicians since the deaths of drummer Keith Moon in 1978 and bassist John Entwistle in 2002.
The remaining members, Townshend, 68, and Roger Daltrey, 69, both have health problems that greatly affect their ability to perform. Townshend suffers from tinnitus while Daltrey has his throat checked regularly after a pre-cancerous growth was removed in 2010.
The Evening Standard reports that Townshend and Daltrey won’t give up music for good, but rather focus on solo projects.
The Who is getting ready to reissue a box set version of “Tommy,” set for release Nov. 11.