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Pete Townshend Says, “Who Will Hit The Road For 50TH Anniversary Tour Later This Year!”

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Back in October, Roger Daltrey, in a Rolling Stone interview talked about The Who launching a 50th anniversary tour in 2015. Pete Townshend speaking with Billboard has hinted the tour could begin sooner. Perhaps Christmastime in the United Kingdom and North America in early 2015.

“It will be a world tour,” explains the 68-year-old rocker.  “I’m not crazy about going on the road, but I’m in good shape and once I start doing it — and I’m still very good at it — I’ll take some pleasure from it.”  The trek is expected to be the band’s last major tour.

In the meantime, Townshend  continues to put together what he hopes is a new studio project for The Who. It will be their first studio release since 2006’s Endless Wire!

“I’m trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music [to find possible songs],” he says. “I’ll be pulling some songs out of [his long-in-the-works project] ‘Floss’ to give to Roger to see if we’ve got enough to make an album.”  He adds, “It might be a big waste of time, but I’m hoping there will be an album.”

Pete has a birthday on the horizon, and the 50th anniversary of The Who is coming, at a transitional period in his life.

“I’ll be 69 in May and all my friends are getting ill or dying,” he points out.  “I knew it would happen.  I will be happy if I give people something that makes fans happy.  It takes some great planning and I hope it opens up other things that we can avail ourselves of.”

Townshend has co-written and recorded a new song titled “It Must Be Done” that will get its premiere on the April 30 episode of the FX espionage-drama series The Americans, which airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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