The Who played its sole UK concert of the year on Sunday (July 6th) at London's Wembley Stadium. In addition to the band welcoming good friend and opening act Eddie Vedder onstage for “The Punk And The Godfather” — the band, which featured orchestration — debuted two new songs from its still-untitled upcoming album.
The one previously unheard song was called “A Hero At Ground Zero”; with the other being a revamped version of “Guantanamo,” which Pete Townshend had originally issued on 2015's Truancy – The Very Best Of Pete Townshend. Townshend, who was wearing a royal blue one-piece blue boiler suit as a call back to his early-'70s stage attire, announced to the crowd that the Who would be back in the UK in 2020 for more orchestral dates.
Pete Townshend says that he realized very early on that the Who's relationship with their fans differed greatly from the traditional showbiz precedents: “What we suddenly realized is that we weren't speaking for our audience, our audience were telling us what to say. Now, that's a very, very, different process. And it's one that I discovered when I was very, very young, it's one that I continue to honor today. So what I'm trying to do is, when people say to me, 'Hey Pete, your songs are very personal. How do you think that Roger can feel about singing them?' Roger can sing them 'cause they're not personal at all. My songs are your songs.”
Finishing touches on the 12th Who studio album are still to be made, with a prospective release date set for October or November.