The Who will embark on a 50th anniversary U.K. tour that kicks off Nov. 30 in Glasgow, Scotland, and concludes at London’s O2 Arena on Dec. 17.
“The Who Hits 50″ nine-date tour will encompass both classic anthems and deeper cuts that date all the way back to the band’s original name of the High Numbers, leading guitarist Pete Townshend to describe the show as “hits, picks, mixes and misses.”
During a press conference at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London, the band confirmed that they are starting to consider retirement.
“This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” said singer Roger Daltrey.
The band also revealed plans to enter the studio this summer to record a new album, which would mark their first since 2006′s Endless Wire.
“I gave Roger three demos of three rough songs and happily he likes them,” said Townshend. “I really liked the pub rock sound of the album [Daltrey] did with Wilko [Johnson] [2014's Going Back Home], and we may try to make the record in a slightly more basic way than we normally work, although a lot of my writing these days is pretty complicated. It’s more prog rock than pub rock!”
Although there are currently no confirmed U.S. dates, Daltrey told Rolling Stone that “We obviously want to do America to say ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you’ for supporting us over all those years. Someone [just] has to come up with a plan.”
U.K. tour dates can be found at thewho.com/tour.