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Mar 2019 Who’s been busy

THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are unleashing the combustible force of The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, July 6, with special guests Eddie Vedder and the Kaiser Chiefs.

The Who release their first album of new songs in 13 years later this year. On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey.

What can The Who fans expect on the 2019 MOVING ON! tour?

Pete Townshend said: “The Who are touring again in 2019. Roger christened this tour Moving On! I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic Who music, all performed in new and exciting ways: taking risks, nothing to lose. Looking forward to seeing you all. Are you ready?”

Roger Daltrey added: “Be aware Who fans! Just because it’s The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. This will be full throttle Who with horns and bells on.”

The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history. Their music provoked explosive change and spanned what many critics declare is rock’s most elastic creative spectrum, with Pete Townshend’s songwriting moving between raw, prosaic, conceptual, and expressively literate. Their visionary sense of stagecraft headed by Roger Daltrey’s soaring vocal prowess is topped off by the band’s blistering rhythm section.

With Roger and Pete delivering their own memoirs in recent years (Pete’s Who I Am was released to much acclaim in 2012, and Roger’s autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite; My Story, in 2018) it’s fitting the two remaining WHO members shared their incredible legacy in literary fashion, as few bands have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who.

Inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, placing 27 Top 40 singles in the US and UK and earning 17 Top Ten albums, including the 1969 groundbreaking rock opera Tommy, 1971’s Live At Leeds, 1973’s Quadrophenia and 1978’s Who Are You.

The Who emerged in 1964 with a trio of anthems I Can’t Explain, The Kids Are Alright and My Generation.

Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as “Baba O’Riley,” Won’t Get Fooled Again, Pinball Wizard, Who Are You, and You Better You Bet.

In 2008, they became the first rock band to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

The Who has performed all over the world, including global music events for the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show in 2010 and closing the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

The Who continued their charity work by playing a concert in January 2011 to raise money for trials of a new cancer treatment called PDT. In December 2012 they performed at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit in New York. In January 2014 they played a set on the U.S. television special to support the charity Stand Up To Cancer. In November 2012 Daltrey, with Townshend at his side, launched Teen Cancer America. The charity is now established in the USA, with offices in Los Angeles and devoted Teen Cancer units being opened in hospitals all over the U.S. TCA’s work has impacted over 5,000 young people and their families nationwide during the last six years.

THE WHO UK DATE:
Saturday July 6 London, Wembley Stadium connected by EE
For early access to tickets, pre-order an exclusive limited signed edition of the band’s soon-to-be-announced new studio album at https://store.thewho.com
Pre-sale started from Wednesday January 30. Tickets went on general sale on Friday, March 1 at 10am at LiveNation.co.uk.http://LiveNation.co.uk.