Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pete Townshend Announces The Who Working on New Album

The Who were one of the great British Invasion bands of the 60's and hard rock bands of the 70's, with many claims to fame:

-“The Godfathers of Punk” for their wild stage antics
- The hardest band at Woodstock
- Chief proponents of “Cool Britannia’ for their early mod personas
- Orginators of both ‘Rock Opera’ and the concept album (Tommy)
- Major proponents of 60’s ‘Power Pop’, a term coined by Pete Townshend

Their last album Endless Wire was released in late 2006, their first since 1982, performed well in the UK and Billboard Charts and proved that they could still make music that was relevant, rocked hard and was’nt derivative of their older stuff. Endless Wire was actually their first studio album to reach gold status since Tommy all those decades ago.

Since then they have topped the bill at Glastonbury (2007) and released a doco Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who

Two days ago Pete Townhend announced on his website that he and Roger Daltrey are now commencing work on a new album. Both are writying separately, with Pete writing for a conventional Who record and Roger teaming up with producer T-Bone Burnett (he recently produced Raising Sand/Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

The band are not planning on any world wide tours for the moment, but Pete has stated that they will be signing up for major festivals.
Image: Courtesy Decca, MCA, Polydor

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