Daltrey says the Who will return to road


Three months after the Who wrapped up a yearlong tour, singer Roger Daltrey is champing at the bit to return to the road, saying he hopes the band will visit Japan and Australia next year.

The British rock veterans last played those countries in 2004. It marked their first Australian tour in 36 years, and first time ever in Japan.

"I think we'll do some shows next year," Daltrey said. "We just finished 13 months of touring all over the States and Europe, and are probably due to go back to Japan and Australia next year. So we'll see what happens there."

Daltrey and guitarist-songwriter Pete Townshend are the last two surviving members of the foursome. The most recent trek coincided with the release of their first album in 25 years, "Endless Wire."

"We don't want to stop now," Daltrey said. "We don't want those long hiatuses that we used to have. We feel at this time of our lives it's too precious a thing to take liberties with time. When you're young, you've got that time. When you're old, you haven't. You should at least keep the ball rolling."

Daltrey said Townshend has been writing new material: "I've always felt -- after Pete had written (the 1969 album) 'Tommy' -- I always had a little thing inside me saying, 'He'll write his best work when he's an older man.' Pete has that kind of intellect."

In the meantime, the Who are preparing for the Nov. 6 release of the two-disc DVD "Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who," a documentary about their rise, fall and current resurrection. Daltrey participated fully in the project, but has no desire to watch the finished product.

"There's no point in me seeing it, I lived it," he said. "I'll watch me, I won't see the film. I'll watch me in the film, and I find that very uncomfortable."