‘What’s next for The Who?’ ponders Kevin Yeanoplos of Tucson Concerts Examiner.
‘Perhaps much ado about nothing?’ he continues. ‘Since the Who’s epic performance at Super Bowl XLIV, there’s been raging speculation that fans might have seen the last of the rock super-group, due to guitar great Pete Townshend’s continuing problems with severe tinnitus.’
‘Well fans, reports of The Who’s demise are greatly exaggerated — based on comments from rock legend and Who frontman Roger Daltrey after his incredible show at Tucson’s AVA Amphitheater on June 22, 2010.’
‘I sat down with Roger after the show to talk about the band, his future plans, and really important things, like the 2010 World Cup. The first thing you notice about him is how comfortable he is in his own skin. He was very gracious before, during, and after the interview, absent the overblown sense of importance that you might expect from rock deity and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’
‘I originally intended to stay away from questions about the band’s future, figuring he’d been asked it a thousand times. But when I asked if we could expect any new music in the future, without any hesitation he confidently replied, “That’s Pete’s department.”‘
‘Ah, an unexpected opening — “Does that mean that The Who will carry on?” I asked. “As far as we’re both concerned,” Roger replied. Fabulous news for fans of the boys from the U.K. Roger discussed the equipment — earpieces and the like — that he and the band are learning to use to enable Pete to perform.’
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