Townshend, Daltrey Perform New Song on 'Letterman'

Acoustic performance previews their upcoming album 'Endless Wire'

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The Who
"Man in a Purple Dress"
Late Show With David Letterman
September 14th, 2006
New York

Pete Townshend And Roger Daltrey's recent acoustic performance of their new song "Man in a Purple Dress" on Late Night with David Letterman was a stunning moment for Who fans. Stripped of their touring band, the duo performed a strangely beautiful new song about the odd fact that judges in the U.K. wear such elaborate costumes. Daltrey's voice has taken on a slight bit of wear and tear, but Townshend's guitar playing has never sounded better. If this is any indication, their new album, Endless Wire, will be worth the twenty-four-year wait.

This story is from the October 19th, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone.

From The Archives Issue 1011: October 19, 2006