Townshend’s Hearing Problems Spell Uncertain Future for The Who

After touring with The Who for the last 45 years, guitarist Pete Townshend's ears may have had enough.

Just weeks after leading The Who onstage at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, guitarist Pete Townshend tells Rolling Stone Magazine that his tinnitus has returned and may effect whether the band stays together or calls it quits.

“If my hearing is going to be a problem,” he said, “we’re not delaying shows. We’re finished. I can’t really see any way around the issue.”

Townshend had already scrapped plans for a tour later this year with singer Roger Daltrey, though The Who is still scheduled to perform Quadrophenia at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Mar. 30.

The band produced 10 studio albums from 1965 to 1982, beginning with The Who Sings My Generation and ending with It’s Hard. In 1970 The Who released Live At Leeds, which set a precedent for all future live albums to live up to, and garnered similar acclaim for Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival when it was released in 1996. The Who did not record any new material until 2006, when Townshend unveiled his newest rock opera, Endless Wire.

It is not immediately clear whether Townshend will continue work on a new musical called Floss, which he had said would appear on a record by The Who in 2010.


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