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THE WHO, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, will celebrate their 50-year legacy when they bring their THE WHO HITS 50! TOUR to North America in 2015.  THE WHO HITS 50! TOUR will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY.  The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 17 at 10:00am (local time) at www.thewho.com and THE WHO HITS 50! TOUR is being presented by AEG Live.

For fan club ticket presales visit TheWho.com. The Who fan club members get a 48-hour exclusive window before anyone else to purchase presale tickets, beginning Saturday October 11th at 10am local time.   Current fan club members can log in to their fan club account to gain access to ticket presales.  Not a member?  Join today by visitingfanclub.thewho.com/signup.

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Set lists on these shows will take  their audience on an Amazing Journey through THE WHO’s entire career, from the band’s early days to classic albums including WHO’S NEXT, TOMMYQUADROPHENIAMY GENERATION and LIVE AT LEEDS, through the present day.

Citi is the official credit card of THE WHO HITS 50! tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets for the U.S. dates beginning Monday, October 13 at 10:00 AM through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Exclusive VIP packages for the THE WHO HITS 50! TOUR includes reserved tickets with amazing seats, special access to THE WHO’s VIP preshow soundcheck, pre-show VIP parties, autographed limited edition memorabilia and much more.  Additional details on tickets and VIP packages can be found at www.thewho.com. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold on THE WHO HITS 50! TOUR will benefit Teen Cancer America(www.teencanceramerica.org).

“From the band’s first hit single ‘I Can’t Explain’ to pioneering the rock opera with Tommy, The Who is one of the most influential and storied bands of our time,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “This will be one of the most anticipated tours of 2015 and we are delighted to be able to offer Citi cardmembers early access to see this legendary band perform.”

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

 


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The Who’s Pinball Wizard was released as a single in 1969 and reached No. 4 in the UK charts and No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. When you listen to Pete Townshend’s isolated guitars, you’ll hear there are two acoustic guitars, one playing the low 8th note pedal note on the intro parts, which then doubles the other acoustic during the strumming. The electric guitar, which plays on the intro, first verse and chorus.

Townshend once called Pinball Wizard “the most clumsy piece of writing [he’d] ever done.”

Rod Stewart performed the song for the 1972 orchestral version of Tommy, and it is included on several of Stewart’s greatest hits compilations. According to the book The Duh Awards by Bob Fenster, Rod Stewart asked Elton John if he should accept an offer to sing in a film version of “Tommy.” John replied no way, “Don’t touch it with a barge pole.” A year later, The Who asked John to sing the same song, and he agreed. “I don’t think Rod’s quite forgiven me for that,” he commented years later.

The Who have made their entrance with the worst show – ever, courtesy of this video by Pierre Héroux. He’s just a genius for taking out the good stuff from the audio track from a video, then provides a new audio track to sync with the video. Baba O’Reily has never sounded so bad. Except, of course, when I play it.

…and here’s the greatest rock and roll band in the original video.

From Stereogum:

To celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band, the Who are releasing a two-disc retrospective collection called Who Hits 50! that’s made up of some of their biggest hits. The collection also includes “Be Lucky,” the first new Who song recorded in eight years. The track’s lyrics reference both Daft Punk and AC/DC: “You wanna climb without a safety line, Daft Punk will tell you that it’s gonna be fine,” Roger Daltrey sings before an Autotuned voice says, “It’s gonna be fine.” He repeats the same refrain with AC/DC subbed in and shouts out “Highway To Hell” in a separate line. All royalties proceeds from the track will be donated to the Teen Cancer America charity.

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In his autobiography, Pete Townshend smashes his guitars not just because he loves them, but because it’s a more political act:

“I had no idea what the first smashing of my guitar would lead to, but I had a good idea where it all came from. … I was brought up in a period when war still cast shadows, though in my life the weather changed so rapidly it was impossible to know what was in store. War had been a real threat or a fact for three generations of my family…

I wasn’t trying to play beautiful music, I was confronting my audience with the awful, visceral sound of what we all knew was the single abso lute of our frail existence—one day an aeroplane would carry the bomb that would destroy us all in a flash. It could happen at any time. The Cuban Crisis less than two years before had proved that. On stage I stood on the tips of my toes, arms outstretched, swooping like a plane. As I raised the stuttering guitar above my head, I felt I was holding up the bloodied standard of endless centuries of mindless war. Explosions. Trenches. Bodies. The eerie screaming of the wind.”

Hey! It’s that song from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation!

“Who Are You”, composed by Pete Townshend, is the title track on The Who’s 1978 release, Who Are You, the last album released before drummer Keith Moon’s death in September 1978. Moon died just under a month after its release, and on the cover, he is shown sitting in a chair ironically labelled “Not to be taken away”. Moon had insisted on sitting in the chair with the back to the camera so as to hide his distended stomach, the result of his alcoholism. But I digress…

The lyrics begin with a true incident, courtesy of Pete’s alcoholism. He claims he really did “wake up in a Soho doorway”, and a policeman recognized him and advised him to go home.

Beware of the F-word sung at 2:14 and 4:27 if you’re at work.

The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Album Charts. The release that blocked it from being their first (and only) #1? The soundtrack to Grease.

…and here’s the pretty amazing drums (listen for the sloppy kicks) of Keith Moon.