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Long Live Rock: The Who Return to Prepping New Album

"I don't want to stop – we're at the pinnacle of our decline," says Daltrey

November 17, 2005

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are scheduled to head hack into the studio in February to continue recording the new Who2. which has been in the works for nearly a decade. "I don't want to stop and I don't think Pete does," Daltrey says. "We're at the pinnacle of our decline." The 2002 death of bassist John Entwistle and Townshend's 2003 arrest for accessing a child-pornography Web site (charges were later dropped) delayed the album. "He's fucking angry about what happened to him." Daltrey says. "Make no mistake about it, it will come out in his music."

Daltrey has also revealed details about the Keith Moon biopic that he is co-producing, starring Mike Myers as the late Who drummer. "Mike has more depth than a lot of people give him credit for," Daltrey says. The film, he adds, may cover only Moon's final three days, "in the last fifteen years I've stopped two had Keith Moon films from being made." Daltrey says. "If my one's had it will he had because it's dangerous, not because it's predictable." Daltrey and Myers are currently assembling a production team for the project.

This story is from the November 17th, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone.

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