It’s been a whopping three decades since Pete Townshend last issued music under his own name, the “English Boy” single taken out of “Psychoderelict” back in 1993. Of course, there was another single, “It Must Be Done” which the legendary guitarist wrote with Nathan Barr for TV series “The Americans” in 2014, but otherwise – save for two new numbers on his 2015 compilation “Truancy” – the veteran preferred to be busy with THE WHO rather than continue down the solo path. Until now, that is.
Next week will see him release – at least, for pre-order – a new single. Titled “Can’t Outrun The Truth” and supported by a video, all proceeds from Townshend’s fresh song to be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity started with the active participance of THE WHO singer, Roger Daltrey.
At the moment, there’s no word of the single’s formats: there’s no doubt the cut has to appear on every digital platform, and, judging by the photo of Pete, on vinyl, yet whether a CD is planned remains unknown. Same can be said of Townshend’s accompanists on the single, although bassist Guy Pratt’s Tweet from February 2022 suggests it might be him and drummer Ged Lynch who played there.
So the case is valiant and the music presumably interesting, as a valuable addition to the guitarist’s discography and a collector’s item to boot, “Can’t Outrun The Truth” is worthy of attention.