Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are considering resurrecting a rehearsal recording of John Entwistle...

THE WHO‘s late bass player JOHN ENTWISTLE may make an appearance on the band’s next album.

The bassist died in Las Vegas in 2002, though the group’s surviving members, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, are considering resurrecting a rehearsal recording of Entwistle.

Daltrey said: “We’ve got a rehearsal tape of John playing one of the songs. We are thinking about using it on the album.”

If released in 2004, the album will be the band’s first in 22 years, and session musicians have been brought in to fill in for Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon, who died from an accidental drug overdose in 1978.

“(John) will be missed,” Daltrey told Virgin Radio. “We were with John for 38 years and when you’ve been with someone that long it is an incredible connection.”

He added: “How can we carry on without John? What is extraordinary is when you get up there and there’s two of us and there’s Pino Palladino on bass, you can still hear John playing because the music is so structured. You get an instinct for what their input would have been and I think Pete’s musical ability will write a bass part that would be John’s bass.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, The Who will release a greatest hits album later this month entitled ‘Then and Now! 1964-2004’, which will contain two new songs, ‘Old Red Wine’, and ‘Real Good Looking Boy’.

A DVD of the band’s 1969 rock opera Tommy will be released in April, while Townshend and Daltrey will perform it for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall on March 29.

The band will also play three sold-out dates at the London Forum on March 22, 24 and 25 and are headlining the Isle of Wight Festival on June 12.

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