The Who's Pete Townshend has taken to his official Web site to refute a number of rumors regarding his band's upcoming activities, specifically that Townshend is writing material for a new Who studio

The Who's Pete Townshend has taken to his official Web site to refute a number of rumors regarding his band's upcoming activities, specifically that Townshend is writing material for a new Who studio album. "I am not working hard on 'the Who release' at all," he writes. "[Lead singer] Roger [Daltrey] and I are not working together yet. He has played me three really good songs, but I don't feel they quite fit the current Who brief. [Bassist] John [Entwistle] has not played me or Roger any songs yet." Instead, Townshend is "going through piano pieces written between 1995 and 1999," and has completed 12. Some of these pieces have been earmarked for the third installment of the artist's series of "Scoop" albums, which collect demos, new songs, and "just fun stuff," according to Townshend. The set is due out by November. "So far I have not discovered a single 'perfect' Who song in any of my trawlings through my old stuff or recent stuff," Townshend admits. "I have some good songs though. If we abandon the 1971-1973 Who studio process [of months-long recording sessions] favoured by most hardline Who fans (myself included), maybe they would work" It had been rumored that Townshend had upwards of 40 possible new Who songs, but he maintains that number is greatly exaggerated. "I do not have 40 songs ready," he writes. "I have 1400 pieces of music, around 40 of which are songs. But I am certain they will not work for the Who without a major change in our musical direction." Townshend also dismissed reports that the Who would play a free charity show in New York's Central Park this summer. "I plan to take the entire summer off to go sailing, so I won't be [in New York] unless it is the charity gig to change the world," he says. However, Townshend has confirmed that he will perform at two benefit concerts for the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, Calif., on June 22-23. It was at the playhouse in 1992 that artistic director Des McAnuff produced the first version of the Who's rock opera "Tommy." The production went on to Broadway the following year.

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