New Who Album Postponed

Townshend's many simultaneous projects hold up the album

April 21, 2005

The Who's new album and subsequent touring plans have been delayed indefinitely, according to Pete Townshend. "I work very slowly in the studio, and either no one believed I was actually recording or they got tired of waiting," Townshend wrote on his Web site. The guitarist has been writing new material for three years and was hoping to release an album this spring or summer. He says that work on a solo project called The Boy Who Heard Music and a forthcoming autobiography, as well as the departure of the band's drummer (Zak Starkey, who left to join Oasis on tour), have held up the album's completion. Roger Daltrey has joined the guitarist in the studio for several rough tracks that Townshend calls "very exciting."

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