Mod Rockers The Who are reported to have delayed their first studio album release for 23 years. Songwriter Pete Townshend was previously rumored to be working on new material with a release date set for this summer. In a message to fans on Pete’s site he says the new Who album will still be released, but just not in the origional time frame. Plans have also been delayed in part to drummer Zak Starkey touring with Oasis until the end of the year.
Pete went on to say, “The new Who album has been delayed, not cancelled. 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. Shows we hoped to do in the early summer seemed to fizzle, and we lost our drummer to Oasis until January 2006. 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. “