In an interview with Rolling Stone just last month, Daltrey said that Townshend isn't touring with him this year because of his hearing problems. "Pete is having terrible hearing problems at the moment," he said. "I don't want to be on stage with him destroying the last bit of his hearing. That would be completely foolish. He's a composer."
Townshend completes disputes Daltrey's take on the matter. "My hearing is actually better than ever," he wrote on his blog. "Because after a feedback scare at the O2 Indigo in December 2008 I am taking good care of it. I'm 66, I don't have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus. DON'T WE ALL????"
He also confirmed reports that he's prepping a remastered edition of Quadrophenia for release sometime in the near future. "I have computer systems in my studio that have helped me do my engineering work on the forthcoming Quadrophenia release," Townshend wrote. "I have had assistance from younger forensic engineers and mastering engineers to help me clean up the high frequencies that are out of my range. The same computer systems work wonderfully well on stage, proving to be perfect for me when The Who performed at the Super Bowl and doing Quadrophenia for TCT at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010."
The Who originally toured behind Quadrophenia shortly after its release in 1973, but they quickly stopped playing many of the songs from the rock opera when the backing tapes required to perform the complex tracks repeatedly jammed up. In 1996 they launched a reunion tour where they performed the album in its entirety for the first time, and just last year they played the album for charity at the Royal Albert Hall. It's their only major album to not get re-released as a deluxe edition over the past decade.
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- Pete Townshend