If you’re a Who fan, you’ve been waiting 23 years for the release of a new album, so what’s a little extra time? The band have announced they are delaying the release of their long-anticipated record.
“The new Who album has been delayed, not cancelled,” lead guitarist Pete Townshend wrote on the band’s website. “The release date I had hoped for in the late spring or very early summer was whipped from under my nose after three years of writing.”
Fans will also have to wait to see The Who live in concert, due to the fact that key members of the touring band are unavailable this year.
“Shows we hoped to do in the early summer seemed to fizzle, and we lost our drummer [ Zak Starkey ] to Oasis until January 2006,” Townshend said. “All alternatives proposed, and which I have desperately considered, do not fit in with my current commitments. I am committed to record the music for my new story The Boy Who Heard Music. I am also completing my autobiography later this year.
Sadly, this forces a postponement of the planned Who activity this year for some indeterminate time.”
The Who have not issued a new release since 1982’s It’s Hard.