Roger Daltrey has confirmed The Who‘s days as a long-term touring band are indeed numbered, but insisted he and fellow surviving bandmate Pete Townshend will continue to perform live in a reduced capacity post-2015.
Referring to comments made by Townshend last week, when he claimed a world tour to mark The Who’s 50th anniversary would be their last, Daltrey told Billboard:
“I think you have to clarify what he said, and what we mean is we cannot keep going on doing these month-after-month, long, extended tours. It’s extremely hard, hard work, just the grind of it. So we have to be realistic. The band got better reviews on our last tour than we had for years. It was incredibly enjoyable. It was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age. But it’s not going to be the last thing The Who will do.”
Looking ahead to what the future could hold for the pair, Daltrey then hinted that no longer being a stadium-filling rock band could open up new opportunities. “We’re going to be doing events,” he continued.
“We’re going to be doing shows. We might do other things, more experimental. We might decide to do something in a theatre, some small production where we sit down for two or three weeks in one town; that could be managed ’cause we’re not schlepping our bodies from city to city. The joy of the stage is wonderful, but the traveling every day is exhausting.”