The Who are preparing for a return to Madison Square Garden in New York, the city that Pete Townshend says “feels like home.” The second leg of the band’s North American itinerary on their Moving On! tour will open this Sunday (1 September) at the famous Manhattan location. Townshend has also revealed that, with their forthcoming album now completed, he doesn’t see an end in sight for The Who — even if, as Roger Daltrey predicted recently, his voice “goes” in the next five years.
When Townshend, Daltrey and the modern-day live line-up started the first North American leg of Moving On!, a show at Madison Square Garden was the fourth date on the schedule, on 13 May.
New York-based singer-songwriter Leslie Mendelson, who has impressed audiences as the opening act on earlier dates of the tour, will again open on Sunday. Mendelson recently released the single ‘A Human Touch,’ a collaboration with Jackson Browne.
Each performance on the tour sees The Who accompanied by a local 48-piece orchestra. After New York, the schedule continues in Toronto next Tuesday (3), and concludes at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on 24 October.
In an interview with the New York Post published today (28), Townshend said of the band’s relationship with the city: “It was the first city we played in the USA. It was the first city I ever visited there. It feels like home.” He added about Madison Square Garden: “I just love it, and I’m not sure why. I sense a welcome always from the people that work there, and from the audiences.”
When asked if he saw an end in sight for The Who, he observed: “No. If Roger’s voice goes I believe I could still write for him: words, stories, plays, narratives, that he would excel at.”