Forget The Stone Roses, MBV, etc - this one will have taken 23 years...

THE WHO plan to release their first studio album in 23 years in 2005.

The band’s guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend says that as well as the record and a tour, he is also hard at work on his autobiography, to be titled ‘Who He?’.

In a message to fans on his official website Who album “will not be a concept album” and that he and the other surviving member, singer Roger Daltrey, will meet before Christmas to work through the new songs.

Townshend wrote: “If the recording works out we will tour with the usual band in the first half of 2005.”

The band’s last album, ‘It’s Hard’, was released in 1982 although the band have continued to tour sporadically since then. They did issue two new tracks on this year’s hits compilation ‘Then & Now’ – ‘Real Good Looking Boy’ and ‘Old Red Wine’.

Earlier this year the group played a series of US and UK concerts, including a headline slot at the Isle Of Wight Festival before embarking on a tour of the Far East and Australia with Pino Palladino on bass and Zak Starkey on drums.

The band’s original bass player John Entwistle died in Las Vegas in 2002 from a heart attack and drummer Keith Moon passed away from an accidental drug overdose in 1978.

Townshend said of his mooted autobiography: “I am really enjoying this, and would do what [a][/a] has done and put out my early years first, were it not for the fact that I was arrested early in 2003. My autobiography now offers me the chance to lay down my life story and place recent events in proper context. I have had a long and lumbering life – this book will take time.”