The Who Announce Retirement Plans

Band to call time on touring in 2015.

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Pete Townshend has announced that the Who will be playing their final world tour in 2015, to mark the band's 50th anniversary. Speaking to the Evening Standard (via Classic Rock), Townshend revealed that the final tour will give the band the opportunity to visit some places that they haven’t been to before: "For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits." According to the Evening Standard, both Roger Daltrey and Townshend, will be pursuing solo projects after the split. The pair have recently been on the 40th anniversary tour of the band's classic Quardrophenia album, which was originally released in 1973. There has been no announcement yet as to whether the Who plan to record new material before they disband. What do you think? Will you be sad to see The Who call it a day? Or do you think the time is right? Let us know in the comments.

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    matteo cubano
    Love Reign O'er Me, Who Are, Won't get fooled again. Baba O'reilly is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. They don't make bands like that anymore. So glad that at the age of 18 I saw them in Chicago last year. Happy for them.
    Glad I was able to catch them earlier this year in February then! They sounded great and the energy was always high from both the band and the audience. Daltrey's voice was sounding the best it's sounded in years, and he still had plenty of high notes in him that he belted flawlessly throughout the night. It's amazing how 50 years into their career, these guys are still able to retire on top. Like metalgodv2 said; well deserved.
    Greatest Real Rock Band in History Think about it. Greatest drummer: Keith Moon Greatest bass: John Entwistle Greatest rock singer: Roger Daltrey Greatest writer & riff master: Pete Townshend
    I'm not sure I would put Roger as number one singer or Pete as either of those but they were both great. That does have to be the best rhythm section of all time though.
    I must see The Who before I die. I'm glad they're giving their fans this one last opportunity to see them.
    my neighbor's mother-in-law makes $67 hourly on the laptop. She has been fired from work for nine months but last month her payment was $21816 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at these guys
    They've been at it for a while and have made some stunning albums. It's a more than deserved retirement.
    Seeing 2/4 of them this year was great. I can only imagine what seeing all four would have been like.
    Caught them three times - twice with Entwistle. Great live band - every time!
    Saw them earlier this year... Will definitely see them again on this tour. Good on ya, guys.
    I remember back in the 80's, they did their first Farewell tour. I guess it took them 25 years to finish the tour...
    Saw them at the 121212 concert last year at Madison Square Garden, definitely a big highlight of the show for me
    Saw them last winter, they were incredible. Definitely going to make plans to see them on this final tour.
    Pete will be 69 and Roger will be 70 next year. It's time for them to retire. I'm glad they're at least giving their fans the closure of knowing that it's over.
    Whilst this is rather sad, as The Who are a brilliant band, I guess they are at the age where touring is becoming very difficult for them, especially with Pete's hearing problems to take into consideration. They've been through a lot, including of course the deaths of two of their members, and they've continued to soldier on despite it. They have much to be proud of. That is all.