The Who have today (15) announced the cancellation of their UK and Ireland tour that had been scheduled for next month, after its original postponement from a year earlier. No new dates have been issued, but the band say that they hope to play again “when conditions allow.”
The band’s original tour had been planned to take place in March and April 2020. It was postponed because of coronavirus restrictions and then, within a few days, rescheduled for a year hence. Dates were due to start on March 5 in Dublin and to conclude in Manchester on March 29, incorporating an SSE Arena show at Wembley in London on the 22nd. At the time of the rearrangement, lead singer Roger Daltrey noted: “It may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.”
Unfortunately, The Who’s forthcoming UK and Ireland tour due March 2021 has now been cancelled. Customers can contact their point of purchase regarding refunds.https://t.co/zJLxO8DZLT pic.twitter.com/Y4i7SBBUkP
— The Who (@TheWho) February 15, 2021
Daltrey and Pete Townshend have now posted in a statement: “We are very sorry that we have to cancel our planned March 2021 UK and Ireland shows. Please excuse the delay but we wanted to wait as long as possible to see if we could indeed play them.
“However, as you can see the current situation makes this impossible. Thanks for all your wonderful support and we hope to see you in the future when conditions allow.” Customers can obtain refunds by contacting their ticket point of purchase.
In other Who news, a special edition of Record Collector magazine dedicated to the band, their recording history and legacy has been newly published. It features a comprehensive UK discography as well as a feature on The Who’s 100 most sought-after releases. There are also pieces on “must-own bootlegs” and the band’s history at the movies. The cover shot for the special edition is from a photo shoot done for Vogue in in 1969.