The Who has announced that they will be releasing a brand new studio album later this year in 2019.
The currently-untitled album will mark their first release since their 2006 album, 'Endless Wire'.
With a symphonic tour plan across America and Canada, Pete Townshend tells Rolling Stone that he received a Live Nation offer to play a series of shows this year, but Townshend had one condition before agreeing to the tour.
Townshend says he's unwilling to sign anything unless the band has some new material. "This has nothing to do with wanting a hit album. It has nothing to do with the fact that The Who needs a new album."
It’s purely personal. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dignity as a writer.
However, it is still a long way to go before the album completes as Townshend had just recorded roughly 15 demos last year and frontman Roger Daltrey has yet to record his vocal parts.
Townshend reveals that the new album will feature "dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and cliched Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang."
The Who will be expected to play a 31-date-tour with local orchestra performing alongside them nightly.
Daltrey comments that he'll be 75 in March this year and he " feels like [this is] a dignified way to go and do music. That’s all we’re really left with. We’re old men now. We’ve lost the looks. We’ve lost the glamour.
What we’re left with is the music and we’re going to present it in a way which is as fresh and powerful as ever.
According to Rolling Stone, the details are yet to come but The Who also have plans to gig at a couple of festivals in the UK over summer and rules out Woodstock's 50th-anniversary festival as a potential gig.
“What would be the point? I can’t work outside in the heat anymore like that in August. It’ll kill me. I got really big problems with heat now due to my meningitis. But I think they should do it with young bands. I don’t see why they should have us there,” Daltrey explains.
If only they weren't specific on a "US & Canada" tour, we would've added them to the list of bands that NEED to visit New Zealand this year.