The Who 11/25/19

The Who has dropped the third new track from its upcoming album, titled WHO, set for release on December 6th. Pete Townshend‘s clearly autobiographical song, “I Don’t Wanna Get Wise,” is a reflection of both Townshend and frontman’s Roger Daltrey‘s path from loutish teenage rockers up through their ripened age — and all that comes with that.

In fan circles, Daltrey’s new vocal performances on the new track, along with the previously released “All This Music Will Fade” and “Ball And Chain,” are garnering his biggest complements since his tour-de-force work on the Who’s 1981 album Face Dances.

We caught up with Roger Daltrey during the production of the new album and he described how the vocal tracks come about: [“I’m going in to a demo studio — a little tiny studio with Bob Pridden, our old sound man, our stage man. And I do sketches. And I hover about the melodies — I sketch like an artist sketches and when I hear something that I think is connecting, I go for it. Once I’ve got the sketch, I can do it over and over again easily as anything. To me, it’s all about connecting the words that Pete’s written, and connecting them with a spirit and a vibration that touches people and moves people. If you don’t do that, then you’ve failed.”] SOUNDCUE (:34 OC: . . . then you’ve failed)

IN OTHER WHO RELATED NEWS

Pete Townshend appeared in a video for Britain’s RadioX and answered “The Most-Googled Questions” about him.

Despite the Who earning the dubious honor of being named the “loudest band in the world” by the Guinness Book Of World Records for their May 31st, 1976 gig at London’s Charlton Football Ground, clocking in at an incredible 120 db’s — Pete Townshend maintains his hearing loss had nothing to do with the Who’s life act: [“I damaged my hearing using earphones, ’cause I used to write songs at home in my studio. And I used to write the song and then put the earphones on, ‘ave a drink, think, ‘Ah, that’s great!’ And I’d have another drink and think, ‘It sounds even better now’ — then I’d have another drink (thinking) ‘It’s even better.’ So, it wasn’t loud music on the stage, it was loud music in the studio at home.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . studio at home)

Townshend gave a long and impassioned answer to the question of what his new novel, The Age Of Anxiety, is about: [“As a creative musician, you look to your audience and what you find your audience needs. It needs science — maybe not music. But if you can’t give them the science, what do you give them? You give them hope, you give them uplift, you give them distraction.”] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . give them distraction)

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Townshend interview with some gut-splitting moments: [“‘Are the Who and the Guess Who the same band?’ You bloody idiot. Of course they’re not.”] SOUNDCUE (:05 OC: . . . they’re not)

  • The Who tour dates (subject to change):
    March 16 – Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
    March 18 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
    March 21 – Newcastle, England – Utilita Arena
    March 23 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro Arena
    March 25 – Leeds, England – First Direct Arena
    March 30 – Cardiff, Wales – Motorpoint Arena
    April 1 – Birmingham, England – Resorts World Arena
    April 3 – Nottingham, England – Motorpoint Arena
    April 6 – Liverpool, England – M&S Bank Arena
    April 8 – London, England – SSE Wembley Arena
    April 27 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
    April 30 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
    May 2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
TL; DR
  • The Who dropped the third new track from its upcoming album, titled WHO, set for release on December 6th.
  • Pete Townshend answered Google’s “Most Asked Questions” about him. The highlight of Townsend’s answers was “You bloody idiot. Of course they’re not” — when answering, “Are the Who and the Guess Who the same band?”

FAST FACTS

  • The new Who album, titled simply, WHO, was mostly recorded in London and Los Angeles during the spring and summer 2019 and was co-produced by Pete Townshend and D. Sardy — who has worked with Noel GallagherOasisLCD SoundsystemGorillaz — with vocal production by Dave Eringa — best known for his prevous work with Manic Street Preachers, and Roger Daltrey & Wilko Johnson.
  • Daltrey and Townshend are joined on the album by long-time Who drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino along with contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont TenchCarla AzarJoey Waronker, and Gordon Giltrap.