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Pete Townshend taking vacation before finishing new Who album: "I need to close down my brain"

ABC RadioThe Who's Pete Townshend has been busy working on the band's next studio album, but the legendary guitarist and songwriter reveals that he's taking a little break from the project to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

"Today I am starting a two-week vacation prior to the final session on the Who album in early April, and rehearsals for the tour in late April," he writes in a message on The Who's official website.

"The timing isn't great, I don't want to travel with so much distance to be covered in the coming year, and the weather isn't looking very promising here in the U.K. in March, but I need to close down my brain for a while."

As for how the new record is coming along, Pete says, "I feel happy about the way the album is unfolding, and [singer] Roger [Daltrey's] sketch vocals are really exciting to hear. It's coming together, and I think should sound great when it's finished."

Townshend adds that he's looking forward to rehearsing for the first leg of The Who's Moving On! tour, which kicks off May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The trek will feature the band playing with a different orchestra at each stop.

Regarding his vacation plans, Pete says, "I am going to do some walking, stretching, reading, and hanging out with [my wife] Rachel and our dogs, and do a bit of guitar practice. Nice. Groovy. Cool. Fab."

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