The band headline Glastonbury Festival on Sunday (June 28)
Pete Townshend confirmed in a recent interview that this year is likely to see the end of The Who, after just over 50 years.
The statement comes amid their world tour and speculation of a falling out between himself and the band’s singer, Roger Daltrey.
Speaking to Mojo about the rumours, Townshend explained how “Roger and I were both so upset when the English newspapers decided that we were feuding – big headlines: ‘Roger And Townshend Feuding’. Because it’s just not the case.”
Instead, Townshend attributes the decision to more natural causes: “I think I will stop after this year,” he explained.
“When this tour is over, we’ll probably both go our separate ways. So it’s to demonstrate that even this particular gang can grow old – not necessarily gracefully, but can grow old ungracefully, or whatever it is that we’re doing.”
The musician also insisted that the separation would be amicable, as the pair’s relationships is stronger than ever: “The acceptance of each other’s eccentricities and differences has brought us to a really genuine and compassionate relationship, which can only be described as love. And that’s something to demonstrate, because this is two old guys in rocking chairs. As Roger says, we’re lucky that we’re not in some old peoples’ home and that we can do this now.”
He also denied that the split would see the end any collaboration between himself and Daltrey: “I think Roger and I will do odd things together,” adding, “I hope that one day I can write him an album of songs that suit him and the record company won’t demand that we call it the fucking Who, but I’ve got a bad feeling about it.”
“I think that if I wrote Roger a bunch of good songs, our manager would say, ‘Why not call it The Who? We’ll sell double as many records!’”
The Who are currently touring Europe and are due to headline festivities at Glastonbury on Sunday (June 28). They are also set to play a one-off ‘Quadrophenia’-themed gig at the Royal Albert Hall on July 5 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, before commencing their North American Tour.