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The Who's Townshend Reveals Post-Tour Plans; Daltrey Shares Health Update

ABC News RadioAs The Who work their way across North America on the current leg of its 50th anniversary tour, a couple of questions remain unanswered about the outing -- "When will the trek come to an end?" and "Will this be the band's final major tour?" Speaking to the media Friday at the opening of a new Teen Cancer America facility in New York City that The Who helped fund, guitarist Pete Townshend addressed those questions, at least partially.

"This particular stint of work I'm stopping in April of next year for at least a year, because I've got a project that I want to work on," Townshend revealed. With regard to whether the band might mount another lengthy trek, he said, "I can't imagine we would...This has been a really long stint, and when we finish it will have been about three years of work."

While The Who performed its entire 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia on its previous world tour, The Who Hits 50! trek has featured the band delivering a set showcasing many of the best-known songs from its back catalog.

Townshend admitted to reporters on Friday that he actually doesn't like playing The Who's greatest hits at shows.

"I find it tiresome, he declared. "I wrote all these songs when I was in my late teens and early twenties, and it feels like kind of trotting stuff out. I prefer to be doing concept project work."

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer added that, at his age, he finds it peculiar to still be "playing songs about masturbation," clearly referring to The Who's quirky 1965 gem "Pictures of Lily," which has been a part of the band's current live set.

On the positive side, Townshend noted that he's enjoying the tour because it gives him the chance to hone his guitar skills.

"My inner artist is getting some satisfaction because I'm playing every day," he explained, "and so I can play a few things that I couldn't normally otherwise play."

The Who's North American tour leg initially had been scheduled for last fall, but was postponed because singer Roger Daltrey came down with a case of viral meningitis. Daltrey, who also attended the Teen Cancer America event on Friday, gave reporters an update about how his recovery is going.

"I'm feeling all right," he said. "I mean, I just got over a bout of meningitis so I'm still struggling from a few things from it. My legs don't quite work the way they used to."

Daltrey added, "I have days and days. They said it'd be a year to recuperate, and I'm only maybe six months in, so I've done well, really." Although his health may not be 100 percent, Roger noted that it was important to him "to get the tour finished."

The North American leg of The Who Hits 50! tour continues tonight in Milwaukee, and winds down on May 29 in Las Vegas. The band also recently added a handful of European summer dates to the trek.

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