The Who have recorded their first studio album in 13 years. ‘Who’ by The Who will be released on 22 November on digital, vinyl, CD AND cassette formats.
The album is the first album for The Who since ‘Endless Wire’ in 2006. The 11-track album was recorded in LA and London and co-produced by Pete Townshend & Dave Sardy with vocal production by Dave Eringa. Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are joined on the album by long-time Who drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino along with contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap.
Roger Daltrey is excited about it. “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge”.
Pete Townshend said in a statement, “This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new.”
1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball and Chain
3. I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero
1. Street Song
2. I’ll Be Back
3. Break The News
4. Rockin’ In Rage
5. She Rocked My World
The Who 2020 dates
Mon 16 Mar // Manchester Arena, Manchester
Sat 21 Mar // Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Mon 23 Mar // SEC (SSE Hydro Arena), Glasgow
Wed 25 Mar // First Direct Arena, Leeds
Mon 30 Mar // Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff
Wed 1 Apr // Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
Fri 3 Apr // Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Mon 6 Apr // M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Wed 8 Apr // The SSE Arena, Wembley