With an upcoming North American tour and a new album on the way, Pete Townshend feels lucky that after all these years, he's still got the Who as his creative outlet. Both Townshend and Roger Daltrey talked to London's Financial Times, with Townshend summing up his role in the band after all these years, saying, "This is a job. We’re lucky to have it. The life I wanted when I was young and Roger brought me into his band was that of a dissolute artist, smoking pot, doing the occasional painting, f***ing a redhead and dying in poverty. That was my plan. I’m lucky to have this job because I can be creative, I can make some difference to society, but the main thing is that it’s a job. It’s nice to wake up and think, 'We’ve got something to do.'"

While explaining that he and Roger Daltrey never socialize apart from Who projects -- Townshend admitted that's not that odd: "Y'know what? I don’t know that I hang out with anybody. I’ve got friends, but I like a quiet family life. I suppose it’s because the rest of it is so intense."

Roger Daltrey spoke about the isolation one feels after decades of being a touring performer, explaining, "It’s a really weird thing when you do long tours -- your social world just shrinks. . . You suddenly realize . . . I call it my 'little life,' you realize it’s all disappeared and it takes time to rebuild that. Touring is a very solitary environment. Everywhere you go, you’re insulated, it’s weird. I’ve been on the road for about 10 years solid (with the Who, a stage production of Tommy, and solo work) and I want a summer in England. That’s why (London's Wembley Stadium) is the only gig we’re doing this summer. I want to see my garden in June."

Pete Townshend told us that his relationship with Roger Daltrey has finally bloomed into the partnership that eluded them during the Who's most turbulent periods: "I think Roger has grown in a whole number of different ways and one of the ways that he's grown is, in a sense, in learning to conduct a power struggle within a band. Because it's just he and I. It's not four people, he's not in a corner fighting to express himself -- it's just him and me now. So, if he and I sit down to talk, if we sit to discuss music or projects, or albums, or songs that we might do, it's much more equal than it ever has been in the past. And I think for the both of us that means a complete reappraisal of the way that we work together."

AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON MODERN PARTNERSHIP WITH ROGER DALTREY