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The Who to Record New Album This Summer

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The Who have disclosed that they are going to record a new album this summer. It will be their first venture into a studio since 2006’s ‘Endless Wire.’

At a press conference today (June 30) in Ronnie Scott’s club in London, the Guardian reports that Pete Townshend dropped the news that he had written three new songs that had been met with approval from Roger Daltrey. Part of the inspiration, Townshend said, was Daltrey’s excellent album with Wilko Johnson, ‘Going Back Home.’ And while he said that record’s live feel may cause them to “make the album in a more basic way than we usually do,” it will probably be “more prog rock than pub rock.”

The duo announced a series of nine U.K. shows (listed below) in November and December. The tour will be called ‘Hits, Picks and Misses’ and will highlight some of their more obscure songs in addition to the usual suspects to commemorate their 50th anniversary. During the press conference — which included an acoustic set comprised of ‘Substitute,’ ‘Bargain,’ ‘The Kids Are Alright’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ — Daltrey echoed statements the band has made over the years by suggesting this could be their last go-round.

“We can’t go on touring forever,” he said. “[This tour] will have a finality to it. We’ll stop touring before we stop playing as a band.”

The Who 2014 U.K. Tour Dates

11/30 – Glasgow
12/2 – Leeds
12/5 – Nottingham
12/7 – Birmingham
12/9 – Newcastle
12/11 – Liverpool
12/13 – Manchester
12/15 – Cardiff
12/17 – London

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