The Who could ‘do an Elton John’ and retire: ‘We’re both old’

The Who may be ready to call it a day soon… (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty)

Pete Townshend, co-founder and songwriter of legendary rock band The Whohas revealed that the band may be retiring soon.

The London band, currently consisting of founding members Pete and Sir Roger Daltrey, are rapidly approaching the 60 years togetherfounded in 1964.

The Don’t let the hitmakers fool you anymore have released 16 top 10 albums to date and scored no fewer than 14 top 10 singles between 1965 and 1981.

Third founding member John Entwistle died in 2002 at the age of 57, while drummer Keith Moon was only 32 when he died in 1978.

Looking back at the band’s long history and defining legacy, Pete has now admitted that he and Sir Roger may be ready to call it a day.

“I suppose at some point Roger and I will look ahead and try to think about whether we want to play an Elton John and end The Who somehow.”

The Who scored 14 top 10 singles between 1965 and 1981 (Photo: GAB Archive/Redferns)

Speaking to Record Collector magazine, he continued, “It’s hard to make a decision going forward, to say we’re going to do this or that.”

Sir Elton, 76, yes currently in the middle of his last ever tourFarewell Yellow Brick Road, which will end in Sweden later this year in July.

Pete admitted that at 77, he doesn’t know “how good we’re going to be or how fit we’re going to be.” We’re both old.”

‘[Being over 70] has a downside, because regardless of what you can or can’t do on stage, when you’re done touring you come back to normal life – it’s harder and takes longer.’

The Who will tour the UK in 2023, visiting 8 towns and cities along the way (Picture: Getty)

He continued, “We are at a stage where it is clearly getting closer to retirement. But all the time we’re doing well, I’ll never say we’re not going to do anything in the future.”

Pete concluded by saying, “I’ve always said don’t give up on this company, it’s giving up on you.”

However, earlier this year, The Who announced plans for another tourwhat would be their first tour on UK soil since their last in 2017.

The Pinball Wizard hitmakers are playing in London, Durham, Bristol, Hull, St. Helens and Brighton as part of their tour of the country.

The tour also includes their first show in Edinburgh in 40 years and their first show in Derby since the band’s early days in 1966.

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