THE WHO HITS 50!

Invading One Last Time

Townshend and Daltrey Promise a Broad Setlist of The Who's Classics
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How’s this for bittersweet? The Who turned 50 in September, released their first new song in eight long years and will soon embark on a massive North American tour – a two-leg, 38-show run, described by lead singer Roger Daltrey as the legendary band’s “last big tour.” Tough to know whether to laugh or cry.

TheWho SongMango.comHard to believe it’s been 47 years since The Who invaded America for the first time, becoming a huge hit after a stunning performance at 1967′s Monterey Pop Festival (see video below) and their classic “I Can See For Miles” soared into the Top 10.

American hooligans will get one more shot at seeing Daltrey, 70, and Pete Townshend, 69, perform when the two kick off the spring segment of The Who tour on April 15, 2015, in Tampa.

Check out footage from the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967:

The spring leg of the tour boasts 17 stops across 12 states from April 15th through May 30th. The fall leg begins in San Diego on September 14th and concludes back East in Philadelphia on November 4th (see complete list of tour stops below). The band will also do a European tour that begins in late November 2014.

TheWhoHits50 SongMango.comFor The Who’s 50th anniversary, the band released a retrospective collection in late October, aptly entitled The Who Hits 50!The compilation contains classics stretching from 1964′s “I Can’t Explain” to “Who Are You” released in 1978 just weeks before Keith Moon died of a drug overdose.

The final track on the double-CD set is “Be Lucky,” The Who’s first original work since the 2006 comeback album Endless Wire. In addition to Pete and Roger, the song features drummer Zak Starkey, who has played with Oasis; bassist Pino Pallodino, who stands in solidly for the late, great John Entwistle; and keyboardist Mick Talbot, founder of The Style Council.

“Be Lucky” – The Who’s first new song in eight years

The Who’s last U.S. run was the 2012-13 “Quadrophenia And More” tour, which featured the extraordinary 1973 Rock opera Quadrophenia in its entirety – songs like “The Real Me,” “The Punk And The Godfather” and “5:15.” The six-song encore set covered the big crowd-pleasers, like “Baba O’Riley,” “Pinball Wizard” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

It doesn’t get any better than “Baba O’Riley” in 1971:

As with many farewell tours, Daltrey and Townshend will run through The Who’s 50-year, smash-filled catalog, rather than focus on one particular album, like Quadro. The British duo has signaled that the upcoming tour will deliver a setlist pulled from classic albums like Who’s Next, TommyLive At Leeds and My Generation as well as more recent numbers like their new song “Be Lucky.” 

A bare-chested Daltrey and a wildly windmilling Townshend perform “Won’t Get Fooled Again” in Philadelphia, December 2012:

If you love classic, guitar-shredding Rock-N-Roll, do not miss this tour. It is, in all likelihood, the last time you will get to see this iconic band. And yes, they can still tear the fucking house down.

See below to purchase your tickets and other supplies you’ll need to make the most of the show.

THE WHO
North American 2015 Tour Dates 

Spring Leg

4/15 – Tampa, FL
4/17 – Miami, FL
4/19 – Jacksonville, FL
4/21 – Raleigh, NC
4/23 – Duluth, GA
4/27 – Austin, TX
4/29 – Houston, TX
5/02 – Dallas, TX
5/11 – Nashville, TN
5/13 – Chicago, IL
5/15 – Columbus, OH
5/17 – Philadelphia, PA
5/20 – Uniondale, NY
5/22 – Atlantic City, NJ
5/24 – Uncasville, CT
5/26 – Brooklyn, NY
5/30 – Forest Hills, NY

Fall Leg

9/14 – San Diego, CA
9/16 – Anaheim, CA
9/19 – Las Vegas, NV
9/21 – Los Angeles, CA
9/23 – Oakland, CA
9/25 – Portland, OR
9/27 – Seattle, WA
9/29 – Vancouver, BC
10/01 – Calgary, AB
10/10 – Minneapolis, MN
10/13 – Milwaukee, WI
10/15 – Chicago, IL
10/17 – Detroit, MI
10/19-21 – Toronto, ON
10/23 – Pittsburgh, PA
10/25 – Newark, NJ
10/27 – New York, NY
10/29 – Boston, MA
11/01 – Washington, DC
11/04 – Philadelphia, PA

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Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.

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