The Who Announce 50th Anniversary Tour And Retirement Plans
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.30.2014
"We're lucky to be alive and still touring"...
NME reports that The Who has announced a 50th anniversary tour and are thinking about retiring soon. "The Who Hits 50" tour will be nine dates with songs going all the way back to the band's time as The High Numbers. It begins in November and features songs that Pete Townshend said were "hits, picks, mixes and misses". Tickets go on sale on Friday. The band originally formed in Acton, west London.
Singer Roger Daltrey said: "This is the beginning of the long goodbye. Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt onstage 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."
He also commented on the band's hiatus from 1983 until 1996. He added: "If I had enough hairs to split, I would say that for 13 years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only 37."
The band recorded albums like Tommy, Who's Next and Quardrophenia before drummer Keith Moon died of a drug overdose in 1978. They then recorded two albums with former Faces drummer in Kenney Jones. After they got back together, they only released 2006's Endless Wire. Their original bassist, John Entwistle, died of a heart attack in 2002.
Here are the dates:
Glasgow SSE Hydro (November 30)
Leeds First Direct Arena (December 2)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (5)
Birmingham NIA (7)
Newcastle Metro Arena (9)
Liverpool Echo Arena (11)
Manchester Phones 4u Arena (13)
Cardiff Motorpoint (15)
London O2 (17)