The Who plans to tour and record a new album in 2019: Report

Got a feeling 19 is going to be a good year — that is, if we’re to believe The Who’s longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, who promises great things from Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey this year.

While speaking to BBC Radio (via Best Classic Bands) on Thursday, Curbishley said: “We’re gonna do an album… Pete [Townshend]’s written some really great songs. He gave us some demos a couple of months ago and I really think of those—he gave me 12 of them—eight of them are absolutely great for The Who. And he’s still writing and he’s got so much stuff, so I’m sure he’ll adapt some of that and we’ll get some more songs.”

If true, the album would be The Who’s first since 2006’s Endless Wire, which arrived four years following the untimely passing of longtime bassist John Entwistle and served as the long awaited followup to their 1982 album, It’s Hard.

That’s not all, though. Curbishley also hinted at a tour across the United States and the UK, adding “We’ve got some really good dates we’re gonna do,” the likes of which are “gonna be announced over the next couple of weeks.”

And given that Bohemian Rhapsody is now the highest grossing music biopic of all time, talk naturally progressed to the long-gestating movie capturing the life and times of the band’s iconic drummer Keith Moon. Despite being in development hell for years and years, Curbishley said things are moving forward again.

“We’ve talked to Roger about that for 20 years but we’re finally there,” he added. “He’s had a couple of scripts over the years that didn’t really suit, but since I got involved with him we went through a couple of different scriptwriters and we’ve settled on a writer called Jeff Pope.”

Pope recently wrote the screenplay for Stan & Ollie, and also co-wrote 2013’s Philomena with the great Steve Coogan. As for who he sees playing Moon, Curbishley wisely suggested that “I’ve fixed on it really being an unknown.”

Although The Who were on a hiatus last year, the band’s principals members sure stayed busy, especially Daltrey. While Townshend spent his year helping his wife with her musical The Seeker, Daltrey released and toured behind his first solo album in 26 years, As Long as I Have You, and published a memoir titled, Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite.

In anticipation, be sure to check out our latest season of Discography in which host Marc with a C is offering the most expansive and comprehensive deep dive into The Who’s catalogue. He’s not only covering the studio records, but also dropping the needle on every live record, single, and solo release from Townshend, Daltrey, Keith Moon, and John Entwistle. Stream the first episode below.

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