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Jan292013

The Who Announce Summer European Tour; Townshend and Daltrey Talk About Band's Current Status

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who has announced that it will follow up its just-launched North American series of "Quadrophenia and More" concerts with a European tour made up mostly of U.K. gigs.  The trek will kick off on June 8 in Dublin, Ireland, and is plotted out through a July 5 show in Amsterdam.

Speaking recently with the BBC, Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend and lead singer Roger Daltrey talked about the state of the band today, while clearing up some common conceptions about the group.

For years, the two band mates had what was considered a contentious relationship, but Townshend says things are much more harmonious between him and Daltrey nowadays.

While Roger declares, jokingly, that he and Pete are "just waiting for each other to die," Townshend maintains that while "we've had a few raised voices, even lately…I can't imagine being luckier."

Regarding the fact that the 67-year-old Townshend continues to perform almost 50 years after he wrote the classic lyric "hope I die before I get old," Pete admits, "That phrase was taken out of context.  We've never fought with that issue but, you know, the song was more about refusing to grow old."

Then there's the subject of The Who's one-time proclivity for destroying hotels rooms.  "We don't argue with our TV sets anymore," insists Pete.  "Anyway, those bloody great big plasma screens -- I couldn't get 'em off the wall if I wanted to."

Adds Daltrey, "And you'd think they'd make them lighter, for old rock bands."

The Who's current North American tour is scheduled through a February 26 concert in Providence, Rhode Island.  Visit TheWho.com to check out the band's complete itinerary.

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