The Who are planning to quit touring.

The band - who formed in 1964 - will play one final set of gigs to mark their 50th anniversary in 2015 and are hoping to perform in places they haven't visited many times previously.

Guitarist Pete Townshend told the Evening Standard newspaper: ''For the 50th anniversary we'll tour the world. It'll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we've not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven't heard us play all the old hits.''

In June this year they played ten dates across the United Kingdom and Ireland where they rocked the stage with their iconic 1973 album 'Quadrophenia' - which peaked at number 2 on the UK album chart when it was released - and a selection of their popular hits.

The Who's first single in 1964 titled 'I Can't Explain' reached the top ten, and this was followed by a string of hit singles including 'My Generation', 'Substitute' and 'Happy Jack', after which they were catapulted to the spotlight.

The band also included Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon at the height of their fame and they have sold more than 100 million records since releasing their first studio album.