Pete's Resolution: Who Album

Townshend dedicating himself to his old band

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Pete Townshend has made a New Year's resolution: to write and record a new Who studio album in 2003. The album would be the band's first in more than twenty years, and the first without bassist John Entwistle, who died of a heart attack on June 27th, the night before the original kickoff date for the Who's summer tour.

Although he's committed to the project, Townshend remains ambivalent about the results. "I believe it is a tough time to write new music," he posts. "If I write fifteen good pieces, and ten of them make it to a new CD, we will probably find that only two or three of them will stand comparison on stage with our old hits."

Townshend is also determined to make the effort a collaborative one, and the guitarist recently met with singer Roger Daltrey. "I am very keen to see Roger find some creative outlet on this future Who recording," Townshend continues. "He is full of ideas, passion and energy -- he bears quite a disturbed and serious view of the world at the moment."

Still inspired from the Who's 2002 tour, Townshend also says that the band may pop up at select charity events and festivals: "We are enjoying the more honest lure of having such a great band to call on whenever we feel like playing."