The wrinkly rockers plan along break once their current UK tour has ended...

THE WHO will not tour Europe before 2002, and have scrapped plans to record a new studio album next year, according to guitarist PETE TOWNSHEND.

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just prior The Who’s shows at London Wembley Arena this week (November 15-16), Townshend said that there will be no European live dates in the near future, because he wants to “catch up on some vitally important solo projects and personal work”.

He continued: “I hope we tour in Europe before we pretend to die, perhaps in early 2002? In the meantime perhaps we can play a good live TV show that reaches a large part of Europe? Or perhaps we can play a charity show somewhere in Central or Eastern Europe that will have the same effect? I don’t want Who fans in Europe to think we have deliberately left them out.

“We left the matter until today to decide, and I have decided I can’t go on – not right now. I need rest, but I also need to recharge.”

Townshend said that The Who have “never been stronger” and the future “is not the void it once was”. He continued: “There will be a pause. Maybe even a long pause. There will probably be no new Who studio album in 2001, it doesn’t quite seem possible. But there may well be new Who songs – though today I have no idea quite where they will come from.

“I have profited from this tour in more ways than I can explain. There has been money of course. And there are cynics who will say that’s the only reason we got together. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that it was – all in all – wonderful – my heart feels good. It feels like one of those extraordinary days that Keith Moon didn’t die. They were always good days.”

The Who are confirmed to play one more show, at the London Royal Albert Hall on November 27, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The band will be joined by Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder at the event, hosted by comedian Phill Jupitus.

The gig will be shown on the digital television channel Ondigital on December 2-3 and will also be released as a DVD in Spring 2001.