In a new interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Who‘s Pete Townshend shares some details about his band’s upcoming studio album, WHO, and also discusses a special performance of the Tommy musical in which he’s taking part next week.
Some of The Who’s most famous albums, like 1969’s Tommy or 1973’s Quadrophenia, feature a concept or storyline, but Townshend says that’s not the case with WHO, which is due out December 6.
“This album has no concept, other than I wanted to write songs that might appeal to [singer] Roger [Daltrey] and give him some vehicles for his voice,” Townshend tells the newspaper. “That proved to be tricky in the end, because Roger heard the songs as solo songs.”
Pete notes that while he understood his band mate’s viewpoint about the tunes’ personal nature, he felt that Roger would be able to relate to their themes.
“[T]he songs are about getting older in pop music and in life and love,” Townshend explains. “There are also songs that align with activism in some ways, especially the way we in the world respond to national and international tragedies.”
Meanwhile, Pete will be participating in a special benefit performance of the Tony-winning musical The Who’s Tommy this Monday, October 14, in La Jolla, California, at the La Jolla Playhouse. The event will feature a reunion of the original cast and will raise money for the venue, which is where the show premiered in 1992 before moving to Broadway.
As for what he’ll be doing at the event, Townshend says, “I will join the throng and, hopefully, not get in the way…These are my people, my allies, friends and colleagues. I truly adore them all.”
The Who’s Moving On! orchestral tour continues Friday in Los Angeles.
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