Crank up that windmill air guitar, classic rock fans: The Who has confirmed its first new studio album in more than a dozen years is in the works.
Legendary lead guitarist Pete Townshend, 73, says in a statement that fans should expect “dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang.”
Set to drop later this year, the new recording is the first since The Who’s “Endless Wire,” a 10-part mini-opera released in 2006.
Frontman Roger Daltrey also announced dates for the band’s “Moving On!” tour, which launches May 7 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, peaks May 13 at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden and wraps Oct. 23 at the Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta.
A local orchestra will join the band every date of the tour to underscore an evening of music spanning The Who’s entire career, from “My Generation” (1965) to “Tommy” (1969) to “Quadrophenia” (1973) to “Who Are You?” (1978) and beyond, Rolling Stone reports.
But don’t expect the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to go all symphonic-soft on us.
“Be aware, Who fans!” Daltrey says. “Just because it’s The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. This will be full throttle Who with horns and bells on.”
The 75-year-old “Baba O’Riley” belter also hints that this could be his last tour.
“I have to be realistic that this is the age I am and voices start to go after a while,” Daltrey tells the Mirror. “I don’t want to be not as good as I was two years ago.”
Diehard fans should also be on the lookout for Daltrey’s upcoming memoir, “Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story,” which hits the market in the US on the same day the “Moving On!” tour ends.