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"To continue The Who, we needed new songs"

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INTERVIEW – The guitarist and composer of the British group tells the scenes of the album that saw him reconnect with his accomplice Roger Daltrey.

Through Olivier Nuc

Composer and guitarist Pete Townshend (left) and singer Roger Daltrey, members of the Who, in March.
Composer and guitarist Pete Townshend (left) and singer Roger Daltrey, members of the Who, in March. Universal Music

Who's been thinking since 1964, composer and guitarist Pete Townshend is rightly considered one of the smartest men on the rock scene. As a new album of the band comes out, Who, he returns on the course of a group of which he is the last survivor with singer Roger Daltrey, after the death of the drummer Keith Moon (in 1978) and the bassist John Entwistle (disappeared in 2002). A voluble theorist, this former art student has never been content to be a mere rocker.

LE FIGARO. – This new Who album is a great surprise …

Pete TOWNSHEND. – I wrote these songs for Roger. I do not know what constitutes an album of the Who exactly. When we were still four, we were going into the studio together and the chemistry was happening. Everyone would like it to happen again, but it's impossible. I do not want to try to do anything to please fans or me, but I want to write songs for Roger. At first, he had

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