THE WHO WILL RETIRE FROM THE ROAD AFTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS

THE WHO WILL RETIRE FROM THE ROAD AFTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS

(Ultimate Classic Rock) – The Who have announced that they will quit touring — this time for good — after they play a series of 50th-anniversary shows in 2015.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Pete Townshend said that the Who plan to play some places they haven’t performed at in years to celebrate their golden anniversary. After that, the band will call it quits as far as touring goes.

“For the 50th anniversary, we’ll tour the world,” Townshend told the paper. “It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”

As the story notes, Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the Who’s only other surviving original member, have suffered some ailments over the years. The guitarist has tinnitus, a hearing condition, and Daltrey had a pre-cancerous growth removed from his throat in 2010.

The group wrapped a tour in support of its 1973 album ‘Quadrophenia’ this summer, and will be releasing adeluxe edition of its 1969 classic ‘Tommy’ in a few weeks.

The Evening Standard quotes a source close to Townshend and Daltrey who says that they plan to pursue solo ventures once the Who wrap up their concerts in support of their 50th anniversary two years from now.