Legendary British rock band The Who will tour the world for the first time in more than two decades later this year (06), and will release their first studio album since 1982. Surviving members Roger Daltrey and PETE TOWNSEND will play 16 dates in the US and Canada between September and December, before heading to the Far East and Europe early next year (07). The iconic frontman and guitarist will be joined by bassist PINO PALLADINO and drummer Zak Starkey, the son of THE Beatles star Ringo Starr, who fill in for late bandmembers JOHN ENTWISTLE and Keith Moon respectively. JOHN 'RABBIT' BUNDRICK will play keyboards while Townshend's younger brother SIMON will play guitar and provide backing vocals. During a press conference held in New York City, Townshend and Daltrey told fans they had wanted to record and tour for several years, but their attempts were hindered by Entwistle's drug-related death in 2002. Making reference to the 1978 alcohol-related death of Moon, Townshend said, "When The Who stopped making records in 1982, I felt I just couldn't do it anymore. It almost destroyed me. It destroyed one of the members of our band." Daltrey added, "Pete and I were two opposite ends of the globe, if you like, and John was the equator. It doesn't matter that it's taken 25 years - however long it takes as long as it's good. And it is good." The group's new album, tentatively called WHO 2, is scheduled for an October (06) release, and their tour will kick off in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 12 September (06).