The Who Plan Quiet World Tour

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July 12, 2010 | 11:00am EST

Rock legends The Who will make their 2011 world tour a quiet affair, so guitarist Pete Townshend can cope with his hearing condition.

The 65 year old has suffered from partial deafness and tinnitus for many years, and admits the condition is now so bad he is having to cut back the amount of time he spends on stage and in the recording studio.

He has been testing new in-ear monitors, which help ease his tinnitus – but earlier this year frontman Roger Daltrey spoke out fearing the band may never be able to perform again if Townshend’s health problems continue.

Daltrey has now announced plans to go on a global trek with the group in early 2011, revealing they will lower the volume onstage – but he still fears Townshend will get carried away and turn up the sound mid-set.

He says, “It’s just (down to) different monitor systems, different onstage volume. Pete, being the addictive character he is, if he gets carried away he turns the volume up to the old levels and that’s when it causes trouble. That’s one of the problems with rock ‘n’ roll once the adrenaline kicks in… We are looking at probably being on tour in the spring of next year.”

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