Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Who, have announced plans for a major comeback this year, with key founding members Roger Daltrey and Ernie Ball artist Pete Townshend collaborating for the group’s first studio album in 13 years and a North American tour, starting at the beginning of May. The tour, titled “Moving On!” is set to feature never-before-seen arrangements for the band, with symphonic accompaniments provided by different local bands throughout the tour. Along with Daltrey and Townshend, guitarist/singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, and drummer Zak Starkley will be performing on the Moving On! Tour.
The band has seen and done it all since their rise in the mid-1960’s, so this annoucement comes with the band’s desire to evolve as artists and performers, given their ripened ages. Daltrey and Townshend are looking to bring something new and authentic to the stages and arenas that will be gifted with their presence later this year. Speaking to Rolling Stone about the news, Townshend shared:
This has nothing to do with wanting a hit album. It has nothing to do with the fact that the Who need a new album. It’s purely personal. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dignity as a writer”
Guitar legend Pete Townshend plays Ernie Ball Power Slinky electric guitar strings.
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