WHO set for Nov 22nd release on Interscope Records
The Who is back with their first new album in thirteen years entitled WHO due for release on November 22nd and is preceded by the song “Ball & Chain,” which is available on all streaming services now. Fans can pre-order the project will receive “Ball & Chain” as an instant download. The set will be available on limited edition double vinyl, CD and cassette.
Tickets purchased online for The Who’s North American Moving On! Tour includes a redeemable code for a CD copy WHO when it’s released. This fer is available to US and Canada customers only and not valid for tickets purchased resale. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold for the Moving On! Tour will benefit Teen Cancer America.
The 11 track album was mostly recorded in London and Los Angeles during spring and summer 2019 and was co-produced by Pete Townshend & D. Sardy, who has worked with Noel Gallagher, Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz. with vocal production by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Roger Daltrey, Wilko Johnson).
Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are joined on the album by long-time Who drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino along with contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap.
The artwork for WHO was unveiled last night (Thurs, Sept 12th) in New York at the opening the brand new eight-story Pace contemporary art gallery where the band also performed a short acoustic set. The album cover has been created by famed pop artist, Sir Peter Blake who first met the band in 1964 at a taping the legendary TV show Ready Steady Go. Sir Peter designed and contributed a painting to the sleeve The Who’s album Face Dances in 1981.
The songs on WHO cover a myriad subjects including the Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, spirituality, reincarnation, the power memory and ‘an old rock star that has lost his marbles’. Singer Roger Daltrey rates it amongst their strongest, “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge.”
“This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions,” says Townshend. “There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are ok, and some the songs refer to the explosive state things today. I made new home studio demos all these songs in the summer 2018 using a wide collection instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl………maybe even some cassettes……ready for release in November”.
Two songs on the album, the epic “Ball & Chain” and string-laden “Hero Ground Zero,” recently got their world premiere when the band played with a 40 piece orchestra to a packed Wembley Stadium.
- All This Music Must Fade
- Ball & Chain
- I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
- Beads On One String
- Hero Ground Zero
- Street Song
- I’ll Be Back
- Break The News
- Rockin’ In Rage
- She Rocked My World