Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey still call themselves The Who despite the deaths of Keith Moon and John Entwistle. But Daltrey now says it is no longer a band.
He made the admissionduring a Q&A with former Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell at the International Live Music Conferencelast week in London.
"We're doing a new album at the moment, but it's a very weird [time] because we're not really a band anymore. I just love my job of being the guy who takes what Pete's written as a solo song, looking at it and thinking, 'How do I make this work to move an audience?' It's that process for me that makes making records still worth it. Otherwise it's two guys in two different studios. We don't go in and make records like we used to. I wish it was that way but we're not a band. Since John and Keith died we're not a band in that sense. But equally, we can make music and as long as I can put a vocal on that has elevated a song from: there was a Pete Townshend song, to: there is a Who song, I'm happy."
Asked why they're not in the same studio, Daltrey said, "He don't like the look of me. I don't like the look of him."
Daltrey is working at a studio in Kent, England, while Townshend and their sidemen stay in London. The album should be out in the spring.