Roger Daltrey hints at ‘experimental’ future for The Who

Frontman says the band will continue past 2015 but 'have to be realistic about our age'

Roger Daltrey has clarified Pete Townshend’s statement about the fact The Who will stop touring after a final series of live shows in 2015.

Last week it was confirmed that the band will scale down their operation in two years time, when they will mark their 50th anniversary. However, in a new interview with Billboard, Daltrey says this will not be the end of The Who but merely an acknowledgment that at their age they can no longer invest the energy needed to stage a lengthy tour.

“I think you have to clarify what he said, and what we mean is we cannot keep going on doing these month-after-month, long, extended tours,” he added. “It’s extremely hard, hard work, just the grind of it. So we have to be realistic. The band got better reviews on our last tour (the 2012-13 ‘Quadrophenia & More’ trek) than we had for years. It was incredibly enjoyable. It was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age. But it’s not going to be the last thing The Who will do.”

Elaborating on what The Who will do in the future, Daltrey added that their charity work will continue, as well as more “experimental” ideas: “We’re going to be doing events. We’re going to be doing shows. We might do other things, more experimental. We might decide to do something in a theatre, some small production where we sit down for two or three weeks in one town; that could be managed ’cause we’re not schlepping our bodies from city to city. The joy of the stage is wonderful, but the traveling every day is exhausting.”

This summer, The Who played their 1973 double album ‘Quadrophenia’ in full alongside their classic hits at a string of arena dates around the UK and Ireland, after a big US tour.

Released in 1973, ‘Quadrophenia’ was The Who‘s sixth studio album and second “rock opera” after 1969’s ‘Tommy’. ‘Quadrophenia’ was later made into a 1979 film starring Phil Davis, Toyah Willcox and Sting.

A special-edition box set of Tommy is out on November 11.