While we’ll never settle the Beatles/Stones question it’s easy to forget the greatness that was The Who. Of course, the band is still putting out music, but, for me, something is missing — that something, of course, is Keith Moon and John Entwistle.
That said, there are records that I revisit every year. At the beginning of summer I always spend a few weeks with Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in my car. It’s usually around the fall when I feel the need to break out The Who’s Live at Leeds which makes any short list of the best live albums of all time.
Well today I woke up to the special surprise that The Who have a new single out, anticipating their 50th anniversary hits collection. Here’s the word from Rolling Stone…
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Who will release a career-spanning greatest-hits collection, titled The Who Hits 50!, that will feature the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s first new song in eight years. Described as “a classic Who rocker,” “Be Lucky” is the Who’s first original since their 2006 comeback album Endless Wire. The Who Hits 50! arrives October 27th, just a few weeks before the band’s anniversary tour of the same name kicks off in Europe.
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are joined by drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Pallodino and keyboardist Mick Talbot on the new track. “Be Lucky” was produced by Dave Eringa, who previously worked with Daltrey’s Going Back Home, the singer’s collaborative LP with Wilko Johnson. The Who also revealed that the band’s royalties from “Be Lucky” will benefit Daltrey and Townshend’s Teen Cancer America charity, which the group recently showcased on the Stand Up to Cancer telethon.
The new single doesn’t sound like a lost track from Who’s Next but Roger sounds great and the harmony tracks make this unmistakably a Who single. Here’s “Be Lucky”…