Pete Townshend working on musical

Guitarist-songwriter's new project is about aging

LONDON -- Pete Townshend once wrote "I hope I die before I get old."

Now the 64-year-old guitarist and songwriter for British rock band The Who says he is working on a new musical about aging.

Townshend says "Floss" will focus on a pub-rock musician and his troubled relationship with his wife, who runs a riding stable.

He says he wants to use the angry medium of rock 'n' roll to take on issues of aging and mortality facing the baby boom generation.

Songs from "Floss" will feature on a new Who album due next year.

Townshend said Tuesday he is in talks with New York producers about staging the show in 2011.

Townshend's previous rock operas "Quadrophenia" and "Tommy" started as albums and later became films and stage musicals.