The last time the Who hit the studio for a new album, 1982's It's Hard, they put an Atari machine on the cover to look up-to-date. Since then, that Atari has become an antique – and bassist John Entwistle died on the eve of the band's 2002 reunion tour. As Pete Townshend said this year, "There has been some terrible, terrible stuff happening around this band for a long, long time." But even with only half of the Who still alive. Townshend and Roger Daltrey soldiered on with a big tour and the acclaimed new Endless Wire. Talk about an old-school Who album – it even came complete with a mini rock opera.
This story is from the December 28th, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone.