“We intend to go on doing music until we drop”

The Who gaat weliswaar in 2015 op een laatste grote wereldtournee, maar dat wil niet zeggen dat de band stopt. Dat laat Roger weten in een artikel op RollingStone.com

That will be the last big tour. People have read that wrong though. We aren’t finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour.”

De tour in 2015 zal niet in het teken staan van het 50-jarig bestaan van de band. “Our anniversary is actually right now. We were the Who fifty years ago this month. To us, 2015
is just another year
“.

De setlist voor die tour zal hoogstwaarschijnlijk gaan bestaan uit de hits, geen obscuur materiaal. “The fans might want that, but most people that want to come to a show want to hear what they grew up with. Let’s not kid ourselves. We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits. That’s a fact. The economics of the road, obviously, demand that you sell a lot of tickets“, aldus Roger.”It’s easy for fans to stick their heads in the sand and not understand the economics of touring. It’s incredibly expensive to put on a show, so you have to put buns in seats. There might be 40,000 total people in America who want to hear ‘Slip Kid.’ That won’t be enough to put us on the road. That’s the problem.”

Roger hoopt dat ze nog een album kunnen uitbrengen. En wat betreft de toekomst voor Who-concerten: “Maybe that means sitting down in a theater for a couple of weeks. That means you travel to one place, but you’re stationed there. You aren’t touring. It’s the touring, the schlepping, that kills you. The music is a joy. The two hours on stage every night is a joy, even though it’s incredibly strenuous. The schlepping and changing hotels every day, that can become incredibly hard work

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