The Who have announced that they are currently planning a tour, which they hope will take place in spring 2011.
The dates are likely to see the band perform their 1973 rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’.
Frontman Roger Daltrey has declared the band do not want to give up playing live despite rumours they were planning to retire.
“We’re just working out what to do next,” he told Billboard.com. “We’ve got ideas, we’re looking on probably being out there, hopefully if all goes well, in the spring of next year. We definitely don’t want to stop. We feel it’s the role of the artist to go all the way through life ’til you can’t do it anymore.”
The singer added that the rock opera element of the show would be revamped for next year’s dates.
“There are issues with it to make it work at our age,” he admitted. “I’m 16 years older than when we last did it and I always had a bit of a problem as far as the crowd was concerned, with the way we were presenting the show, the way our position within the piece was explained. For the newcomers, it was narratively a bit of a puzzle, what Pete and I were to this guy on the screen. It needs a revamp. It would be dated to put it out as it is now. We need to fix that area, but I know how to do it.”
Daltrey also explained that Pete Townshend’s severe tinnitus problems are being addressed.
“It’s nothing that can’t be sorted out, just different monitor systems, different onstage volume, which is where the issue is,” he explained. “Pete being the addictive character he is, if he gets carried away he tends to turn up his volume to the odd levels, and that’s when it causes the trouble. That’s one of the problems with rock ‘n’ roll, once the old adrenaline kicks in.”
The Who recently performed ‘Quadrophenia’ live with members of Pearl Jam and Kasabian as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.