The Who frontman has been a drug addiction recovery activist since the 1980s
The Who‘s Pete Townshend will be honoured for his charity work with a Stevie Ray Vaughan Award next month.
The guitarist will be presented the award by Bruce Springsteen at a special benefit concert in New York on May 28. Townshend will also perform live at the event, with Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Foreigner’s Mick Jones also set to appear.
Townshend has been a drug addiction recovery activist since the 1980s, particularly supporting the MusiCares MAP Fund.
Meanwhile, Tho Who singer Roger Daltrey recently claimed that Townshend wants the group to record another album. The band released their last studio album ‘Endless Wire’ in 2006.
Daltrey told Rolling Stone: “He’s just talking about it. I’ve heard a couple of tracks, which are great. There are loads of things we can do in the future, but we can’t keep doing this sort of tour. This bit of our career is closed, but maybe two more doors open up. Pete is an incredibly vibrant musician. I could see us playing acoustically in some ways.”
The band’s current The Who Hits 50 jaunt, which stretches through the year and includes a show at London’s Hyde Park on June 26, was thought to be the band’s last ever tour. However, now Daltrey has stated that he would be open to more shows.
“If people want to add shows and we still feel great, then it will go for a while longer, but not that much longer. It might last two years,” Daltrey said.
The frontman, though, would prefer the band to go out on a high. He added: “We have to be realistic. I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do. The quality of the music is really what this is all about.”
The Who brought their 50th anniversary tour to London’s Royal Albert Hall last month as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert gigs. The band performed a two-hour set of tracks and hits spanning their entire career in front of an audience which included artist Peter Blake, who famously created The Beatles‘ ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover, and former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, whose brother Bill is the band’s long-time manager.