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The Who Plot 2011 Tour

Plus, Daltrey considers a Jimmy Page collaboration

October 28, 2010

The Who are contemplating a tour next year, according to singer Roger Daltrey. "We're in the planning stages – but we do plan on doing something," says Daltrey. "I would like to be on the road playing as many different kinds of shows as we possibly could. Maybe we'll do Quadrophenia one night and the greatest hits the next night. Maybe Tommy, too, if I can still sing it." Daltrey is also interested in recording with Jimmy Page. "I've always wanted to do something with Jimmy," he says. "Mainly because, what the hell is he doing? What an amazing waste of a talent. He's a genius."

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