Pete Townshend Unsure About the Future of The Who
The Who spent 2023 in Europe on their “The Who Hits Back!” tour. That tour wrapped on Aug. 28, and things have been quiet since. As for what’s next, that is yet to be determined.
Pete Townshend shared in a new interview with Record Collector (as transcribed by Ultimate Classic Rock), “I think it’s time for Roger and I to go to lunch and have a chat about what happens next.”
Townshend then added, “Because [the final summer tour stop] shouldn’t feel like the end of anything, but it feels like the end of an era.”
As far as performing and touring goes, Townshend stressed that it all depends on a few factors. Among them is whether an idea would be doable and profitable. Perhaps the most important factor is whether an idea would even be fun to do. Believe it or not, Townshend said he’s had a lot of fun on the road lately, even though he’s said in the past he’s not super fond of touring.
Alas, it sounds like fans will have to wait until 2024 to see what the future holds for The Who.
The Who’s Tommy Coming Back to Broadway
In other Who news: The Who’s Tommy is returning to Broadway in 2024.
Back in October, Playbill reported the revival of The Who’s Tommy is slated to open on March 28, 2024 at the Nederlander Theatre. The show had a sold-out run in Chicago this past summer at the Goodman Theatre. Additionally, it’s also being dubbed as a “newly reimagined production.” The original run of The Who’s Tommy opened on Broadway in 1993 and went on to win five Tony Awards.
Townshend is attached to the revival. He said in a statement, “I can’t wait to see how this newly empowered show connects with younger Broadway audiences today.
He added, “I hope the younger ones come, for they will identify in an entirely new and important way with Tommy’s tumultuous life.”