The Who have announced a major North American arena tour where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with other Who classics. Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).
The AEG-promoted 36-date tour, the band’s first North American tour in four years, kicks off November 1 in Sunrise, FL with an initial six-week run. The Who will return in late January with more dates starting January 28th in Anaheim, CA. Tickets for the tour will be available at www.aeglive.com.
The Who North American Tour dates:
Nov. 1 – Sunrise, FL – BankAtlantic Center
Nov. 3 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Nov. 5 – Duluth, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Nov. 8 – Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center
Nov. 9 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Arena
Nov. 13 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Nov. 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Nov. 16 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Nov. 20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Nov. 21 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
Nov. 23 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Nov. 24 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
Nov. 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Nov. 29 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Dec. 2 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Dec. 6 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Dec. 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 9 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jan. 28 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Jan. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Feb. 1 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Feb. 2 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
Feb. 5 San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
Feb. 6 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena
Feb. 8 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Feb. 12 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Feb. 14 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Feb. 16 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Arena
Feb. 17 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Feb. 19 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
Feb. 21 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Feb. 22 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
Feb. 24 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
Feb. 26 – Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center
If you have a ticket from The Who’s 1979 concert in Providence that was cancelled, it can officially be redeemed for entrance to this year’s tour stop in what is now know as the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The gig in 1979 was canceled by then-Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci citing safety concerns after a tragic stampede before a show in Cincinnati, Ohio that killed 11 people. The band hasn’t been to Providence since.
Billboard.com reported that General Manager Lawrence Lepore said the venue will honor tickets from the canceled 1979 show. Lepore said many ticketholders got refunds for the canceled show in 1979, but others may have held on to their tickets as memorabilia. “Somewhere, someplace, someone’s got it stashed,” he said. “The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we’re willing to take it.” He first made the offer on WPRO-AM, which then asked listeners to call if they still had a 1979 ticket. No one did. The highest price ticket at the 1979 show was $14, Lepore said. Tickets for February’s show range from $57.50 to $127.50.
Lepore said 1979 ticketholders can call his office to make the exchange. Any 1979 tickets redeemed will be donated to help raise money for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.
Before kicking off the big tour, The Who will take part in the London Olympics closing ceremony on August 12th.
Specific details about the multi-artist, multimedia extravaganza haven’t been released, but during the online press event this past Wednesday (July 18) to announce the tour, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend talked about what they had planned for the Olympic gig.
Daltrey said The Who will be among the artists performing as a representation of “the arts that have come out of Britain,” and that he had come up with a selection of music his band will play as part of the ceremony’s finale, adding that he was “extremely proud of it.”
Townshend stated, “I suppose you might call it a medley, but it’s not quite that. It’s a very carefully structured, thematic piece…And it works incredibly well.”
The U.K.’s Middlesex University hnored Daltrey on Tuesday (July 17) with an honorary degreee. He was acknowledged for his achievements in music and acting. A number of graduating Middlesex students collaborated with Daltrey last year on designing visuals used during the rocker’s solo ‘Tommy’ tour.
Daltrey commented on the honor, “If I had the power to give honors, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who’s Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work, knowing that within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honor indeed.”
The school’s vice chancellor, Michael Driscoll, praised Daltrey as “one of the greatest musicians Britain has produced. He has been successful at everything he has turned his hand to.”