NO doubt they expected to have f-faded away by the time they reached their 70s.
But The Who – at least the two survving members – have proved their generation really were built to last.
After a career spanning more than 50 years, the band have announced they will be releasing another studio album of new material.
The record will be the band’s first new offering since 2006’s Endless Wire, which included a mini-opera.
Lead guitarist Pete Townshend, 73, told fans they could expect ‘dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang’.
The band will follow up the release of the album later this year with a tour of the US – expected to be lead singer 74-year-old Roger Daltrey’s last.
‘I have to be realistic that this is the age I am and voices start to go after a while.
‘I don’t want to be not as good as I was two years ago,’ he told The Mirror.
They are expected to tour venues including Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by an orchestra.
Daltrey released his first solo record in 26 years last June, titled As Long As I Have You, which featured Townshend playing on a number of tracks.
The Who were formed in 1964 and have sold a staggering 100 million records to date with ten UK Top Ten albums. They have written 11 previous studio albums including two rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia. Greatest hits include My Generation, Pinball Wizard and Substitute.
As of last year, Townshend was reportedly worth £82million, while Daltrey was worth around £66million.