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The Who list 50th anniversary dates, hint at new material

By | Published on Tuesday 1 July 2014

The Who

The Who have been flying their ’50th anniversary’ flag extra high this week, listing a stream of eleven British shows, taking place between 26 Nov and 17 Dec, representing “the beginning of the long goodbye”.

Certainly, the band have hinted at a strong potential they’ll release new material, with Pete Townsend telling the BBC recently that they are “now considering trying to get into the studio this summer”, with a “more basic way” of writing tracks in mind.

Back to the shows, which will comprise a variety of ‘Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses’ – aka both classic and rare Who songs – Townshend adds this chunk of musings: “Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter’s beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn’t really exist, so we are really only 37”.

Listings here.