Townshend Enjoying Reunion Tour

Monday, July 10th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Townshend, chief songwriter and guitarist for The Who, describes the rock group's latest reunion tour as a get-together with old friends.

``It's the kind of thing that people do when they're retired, isn't it — they go on a cruise with their golf clubs or something,'' Townshend, 55, said in Sunday's Newsday.

Townshend, who immortalized the words ``Hope I die before I get old'' in the song ``My Generation'' almost 35 years ago, is in the midst of a 20-date tour with two other surviving members of The Who, singer Roger Daltrey and bassist John Entwistle.

Recently separated from his wife of 34 years, Townshend says his life is at a crossroads. And he is somewhat mournful about where nearly four decades of rock has taken him.

``I thought that rock and roll was a different form of show business. I thought it unlocked something different about the human spirit and about the artistic process. And of course it didn't.''