The Who didn't quite snag the chart-topper most fans were hoping for this time out, with the band's new album, WHO, entering the Billboard 200 at Number Two behind Roddy Ricch's chart-topping Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial. Earlier this week, WHO hit the UK charts at Number Three -- and still marks the group's best charting album in the States since 1978's Who Are You -- which also peaked at Number Two.

Obviously for an album to have the momentum that the Who's latest set clearly has -- it's not just down to boomer fans driving the new music to the upper reaches of the charts. Pete Townshend told us that 55 years on, it's fascinating to realize that it's the younger generations that are keeping the Who alive and thriving: "It's so strange to have that brand that is bigger than either of us. That when we get together underneath that banner, we're conferred with a magical sprinkling of, y'know, historical stardust that attracts an audience that is not just old fans -- it's curious young people; people who are interested in our legacy, and where we fit into the history of Western music -- and Western sociology."

Townshend told us that although the Who's fan base continues to grow, he finds that the band's newer fans differ from the die-hards of the 1970's: "They don't have the same kind of parochial loyalties and needs that they used to have. They're much more eclectic, they're much more generous in spirit, they're much more broadly based. Do you know what? They love music. Just music. Well, hey-ho!"

The Who will perform a pair of special acoustic shows on February 12th and 14th at Pryzm in Kingston-Upon-Thames, England.

AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON THE WHO'S YOUNGER AUDIENCE
AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON THE WHO APPEALING TO NEW GENERATIONS