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The Who to announce 50th anniversary UK tour dates

The Who

Story by Jack Foley

THE Who look set to embark on a tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the classic line-up of the group.

Guitarist Pete Townshend said the band are likely to begin the trek in the UK at Christmas, before moving on to other parts of the world.

He told Billboard: “I’m not crazy about going on the road, but I’m in good shape and once I start doing it – and I’m still very good at it – I’ll take some pleasure from it.”

He went on to hint that the anniversary could also be celebrated with the release of a new album, adding: “I’m trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganised music [to find possible songs]. I’ll be pulling some songs out of [his long-term project] Floss to give to Roger to see if we’ve got enough to make an album. It might be a big waste of time, but I’m hoping there will be an album.”

Exact details of the tour – such as dates and venues – have yet to be finalised but should be unveiled in due course.

The Who last toured in 2013 but haven’t released a new album since 2006’s Endless Wire.