The Who are back and ready to rock!
The Who are heading back to North America in late April for an extensive tour that will keep them on the road through early November. They will once again be joined by local orchestras at every stop for an evening of music heavy on classics from Tommy, Quadrophenia, Who’s Next, and their 2019 LP Who in addition to selections from their other albums.
The tour will see the return of singer Roger Daltrey, 77, and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend, 76, two years after their Moving On! Tour.
“Pete and I said we’d be back, but we didn’t think we’d have to wait for two years for the privilege,” Daltrey said in a statement.
The band — who released the album Who in 2019, their first full-length LP since 2006 — will kick things off in Hollywood, Florida on April 22 for 15 dates. Then, they’ll pick things back up in Toronto in October for 14 more shows.
The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, “I Can’t Explain” (1965), reached the UK top ten, and was followed by a string of hit singles including “My Generation” (1965), “Substitute” (1966) and “Happy Jack” (1966). In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released “I Can See for Miles”, their only US top ten single. The group’s 1969 concept album Tommy included the single “Pinball Wizard” and was a critical and commercial success.
Further festival appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight, along with the concert album Live at Leeds (1970), established their reputation as a respected rock act. The success put pressure on lead songwriter Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up Who’s Next (1971), including the hits “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, “Baba O’Riley”, and “Behind Blue Eyes”. The group released another concept album, Quadrophenia (1973), as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy (1975). They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You (1978) was overshadowed by Moon’s death shortly after.
Daltrey and Townshend are the two surviving founding members; bassist John Entwistle died in 2002, and drummer Keith Moon in 1978. Their touring band includes guitarist and backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardists Loren Gold and Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey, and backing vocals from Billy Nicholls.
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Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m.
American Express Card Member presale begins Monday. The band’s fan club presale will start on Wednesday at 10 a.m..
The Who Hits Back! Tour dates below: Ticket information for all Who 2022 Tour can be found here.
April 22 / Hard Rock Live / Hollywood, FL
April 24 / VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena / Jacksonville, FL
April 27 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL
April 30 / New Orleans Jazz Festival
May 3 / Moody Center / Austin, TX
May 5 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
May 8 / the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion / The Woodlands, TX
May 10 / Paycom Center / Oklahoma City, OK
May 13 / FedExForum / Memphis, TN
May 15 / TQL Stadium / Cincinnati, OH
May 18 / TD Garden / Boston, MA
May 20 / Wells Fargo Center / Philadelphia, PA
May 23 / Capital One Arena / Washington, D.C.
May 26 / Madison Square Garden / New York City, NY
May 28 / Bethel Woods Center of the Arts / Bethel, NY
Oct. 2 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON
Oct. 4 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI
Oct. 7 / UBS Arena / Belmont Park, NY
Oct. 9 / Schottenstein Center / Columbus, OH
Oct. 12 / United Center / Chicago, IL
Oct. 14 / Enterprise Center / St. Louis, MO
Oct. 17 / Ball Arena / Denver, CO
Oct. 20 / Moda Center / Portland, OR
Oct. 22 / Climate Pledge Arena / Seattle, WA
Oct. 26 / Golden 1 Center / Sacramento, CA
Oct. 28 / Honda Center / Anaheim, CA
Nov. 1 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 4 + 5 / Dolby Live at Park MGM / Las Vegas, NV
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