As we now know, The Who is currently working on their new studio album expected to be released later this year, plus the album with co-inside with the band’s up-coming Moving On! orchestral tour. Now that the word is out Pete Townshend is sharing information about the progress made on the album on the group’s official website.
His first post revealed that British guitarist Gordon Giltrap will be playing on one of the tracks. Pete explained that the track is “a Spanish-style song…about a fabulous girl from the past,” and he also included an audio clip of Gordon’s part being played.
Townshend explained that Giltrap had recently been fighting cancer, but is on the mend and is healthy now. He said of Giltrap: Gordon “is a beacon of light, and of course a brilliant player,” while noting, “We each claim to have influenced each other over the years.”
As a follow-up, his second post reveals that he’s been in talks with British pop artist Peter Blake about the cover art of The Who’s next album. Blake’s major claim to fame is that he created the classic cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and was also behind the cover art of The Who’s 1981 album Face Dances.
In Townshend’s post, it also features a YouTube video that shows him driving to Blake’s studio in the Chiswick district of London on Wednesday. Pete explains that he has: “no idea what we’re gonna call the album [or] what kind of artwork we’re gonna use.”
Check out Townshend’s Gorden Giltrap clip below: