The Who plans 50th anniversary tour, new music

The Associated Press Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are taking The Who on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.

Daltrey referred to the tour as the start of the Who's "long goodbye" during a news conference Monday at Ronnie Scott's jazz bar in London.

"Well, it just has to be really," the 70-year-old Daltrey said. "We can't go on touring forever, but we don't know how long we will go on touring. We'll stop touring, I'm sure, before we stop playing as a band. It's just like Eric Clapton's just said: It's the grind of the road, it's incredibly tough on the body this age. The singing is free; you pay us for the bloody traveling. "

Townshend also said Monday that said he has written three new songs and hopes to record them with Daltrey.

The Who hasn't issued new music since 2006's "Endless Wire," its first release in 24 years.

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