The Who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this month and Pete Townshend told the press that The Who are going to go on one final mega-tour. This is over three decades after their first “farewell tour” in 1982, but it seems like this might actually be the last because even though the love of performing is still there, the strain of touring may have become too much to handle in recent years. Some of the tour dates for this last goodbye tour have been announced. The Who are playing several arena shows this November and December in England before hitting the States in early 2015.
“For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world, it’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played” Pete Townshend said about the tour “It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the hits.” Roger Daltrey also explained in an interview with Rolling Stone that although this will be the final large scale tour for The Who, they will probably continue to play shows until they die.
The band is looking to record new material in the next year, and although these songs won’t be performed on this tour, Daltrey thinks that they might do separate shows, and see if people are interested in buying tickets to hear them. Townshend describes this new music as “more prog rock than pub rock.”
For this tour though, they are planning to play the old catalog of classic hits, so fans looking to hear rarities and b-sides are likely to be disappointed. Even if they are focusing the hits, it’ll still be a variety that reaches from recent hits, to Tommy to their beginnings as The High Numbers.
The Who 2014 Tour Dates:
November 26 – Dublin, IE @ The O2
November 28 – Belfast, IE @ Odyssey Arena
November 30 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
December 02 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
December 05 – Nottingham UK @ Captial FM Arena
December 07 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA
December 09 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
December 11 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
December 13 – Manchester, UK @ Phones 4U Arena
December 15 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
December 17 – London, UK @ The O2