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The Who At 50: I Know What It Means But I Can't Explain

Who Are They?

Who Are They?

Of the big four, I place em like this:

The Beatles

the Stones

The Kinks

The Who

So as the remaining days of their lives dwindle for the remaining Who members, one more time, even after the Quadrophenia gigs, we need to say goodbye. I got a tix for barclay Center May 26th, and they are back again at MSG in October, in a retirement party lasting longer than Derek Jeter’s. It must be seen but what can we expect?

“The classic songs fans can expect to hear on THE WHO HITS 50! TOUR will appear on the band’s forthcomingTHE WHO HITS 50! collection.  Set for an October 27, 2014 release on Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), this definitive collection of THE WHO’s greatest tracks–from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track ‘Be Lucky’ – is being released to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary tour.

The show, described by PETE TOWNSHEND as “All the Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses” will see the band play all their classic anthems as well as tackling deeper cuts from their catalog.

This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” says ROGER DALTREY of the upcoming tour.

PETE TOWNSHEND commented, “Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter’s beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring.”

THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane.  Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013

 

THE WHO’s 2015 North American tour dates are as follows:

 

2015 TOUR DATES – LEG ONE
DATE CITY/VENUE
Wed, April 15 Tampa, FL at Amalie Arena
Fri, April 17 Miami, FL at American Airlines Arena
Sun, April 19 Jacksonville, FL in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tue, April 21 Raleigh, NC in PNC Arena
*Thu, April 23 Duluth, GA at The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Mon, April 27 Austin, TX in Frank Erwin Center
Wed, April 29 Houston, TX in Toyota Center
Sat, May 2 Dallas, TX in American Airlines Center
Tue, May 5 Kansas City, MO in Sprint Center
Thu, May 7 St. Louis, MOScottrade Center
Sat, May 9 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Arena
Mon, May 11 Nashville, TN in Bridgestone Arena
Wed, May 13 Chicago, IL in Allstate Arena
Fri, May 15 Columbus, OH in Nationwide Arena
Sun, May 17 Philadelphia, PA in Wells Fargo Center
Wed, May 20 Uniondale, NY in Nassau Coliseum
Fri, May 22 Atlantic City, NJ in Boardwalk Hall
Sun, May 24 Uncasville, CT in Mohegan Sun Arena
Tue, May 26 Brooklyn, NY in Barclays Center
Sat, May 30 Forest Hills, NY in Forest Hills Stadium
*On sale Friday, October 17 at 9:00 AM
2015 TOUR DATES – LEG TWO
Mon, September 14 San Diego, CA in Valley View Casino Center
Wed, September 16 Anaheim, CA in Honda Center
Sat, September 19 Las Vegas, NV in Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Mon, September 21 Los Angeles, CA in STAPLES Center
Wed, September 23 Oakland, CA in Oracle Arena
Fri, September 25 Portland, ORModa Center
Sun, September 27 Seattle, WA in KeyArena
Tue, September 29 Vancouver, BC in Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Thu, October 1 Calgary, AB in Scotiabank Saddledome
Sat, October 3 Edmonton, AB in Rexall Place
Tue, October 6 Saskatoon, SK in SaskTel Centre
Thu, October 8 Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
Sat, October 10 Minneapolis, MN in Target Center
Tue, October 13 Milwaukee, WI in BMO Harris Bradley Center
Thu, October 15 Chicago, IL in United Center
Sat, October 17 Detroit, MI in Joe Louis Arena
Mon, October 19 Toronto, ON in Air Canada Centre
Wed, October 21 Toronto, ON in Air Canada Centre
Fri, October 23 Pittsburgh, PA in CONSOL Energy Center
Sun, October 25 Newark, NJ in Prudential Center
Tue, October 27 New York, NY in Madison Square Garden
Thu, October 29 Boston, MA in TD Garden
Sun, November 1 Washington, DC in Verizon Center
Wed, November 4 Philadelphia, PA in Wells Fargo Center

My bet is they will be back in 2016 as well and end it all in London around two years from now,  Pete and Roger  make 50 million a piece and live happily ever after. I also really hope they get Wilko Johnson, if he is still kicking, one of the great disappointments in the Daltry-Johnson tour didn’t make it to New York. The film I saw was superior to the Who last year. Of course, I saw the Who four times in the last year so I am probably a little tired of them.

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