Pete Townshend says any activity in the Who camp this year has been postponed for “some indeterminate time,” including the group’s first new album since 1982’s “It’s Hard.”
“The new Who album has been delayed, not cancelled,” the guitarist said in a diary posting on his official Web site. “The release date I had hoped for in the late spring or very early summer was whipped from under my nose after three years of writing.” The Who will also not tour this summer, as drummer Zak Starkey has committed to playing with Oasis until next January.
“I had lots of plans, but no hard schedule,” Townshend said. “And this us what has created this predicament. It’s probably my fault, because I work very slowly in the studio, and either no one believed I was actually recording, or they got tired of waiting.”
The guitarist said lead singer Roger Daltrey has done “sketch vocals’ on several tracks, “and the results are very exciting.” But for the time being, he will focus his attentions on writing for his own project, “The Boy Who Heard Music,” as well as completing his autobiography.
In related news, an auction of items from the home of late Who bassist John Entwistle will take place April 21 in Cheltenham, England. For more information, click here.