Signs are pointing that later this week, the Who's new album, titled WHO, might become the band's first Number One album since 1971's Who's Next. The Official Albums Chart website posted the band's nearest competition is Robbie Williams' The Christmas Present, which lags behind the Who set by just under 6,000 copies.

During a chat with Rolling Stone, Pete Townshend explained that for the Who's early career, he neither enjoyed playing in a band, nor spending time with his bandmates. He then recalled when he began to finally appreciate both: "I can remember, the first time, for example, I felt that I did like it. And I think that was probably quite a way down the road. Y'know, it might have been even around the time that we first started to work in the U.S.A., playing places, like, the Fillmore, the Electric Factory in Chicago, the Boston Tea Party -- where we were allowed to stretch out. We were allowed to explore."

It was the live experience with its prolonged ballroom sets in America that finally allowed Townshend to come into his own as a truly improvisational player: "And then finding -- 'Wow! When I do something amazingly audacious on the guitar, Keith -- the drummer, and John -- the bass player, they follow me. They, sort of, read me. They know what I'm. . . they know what's in my head. So, we had this real connection, and that felt to me that that was something special. So, I started to think of them not as a couple of yobbos -- which I had thought prior to that -- but as musicians. And musicians that belonged to me that I was a part of."

AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON CONNECTION TO JOHN ENTWISTLE AND KEITH_MOON
AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON FIRST ENJOING PERFORMING