The Who have announced more North American shows next year as part of their continuing Moving On! Tour. With the rock giants’ new album WHO due for release on Friday (6) and already attracting some of the best reviews of their career, the dates will incorporate the rearranged shows already confirmed as part of an expanded itinerary, with a total of eight new shows.
The band will once again team with local symphony orchestras for the North American performances, which will now begin on 21 April in Hollywood, FL, followed by a 23 April booking in Highland Heights/Cincinnati. Then come the rearranged dates in Dallas, Houston and Denver, followed by a new run of six shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas between 5 and 16 May. Next year’s UK shows had also already beeen announced, and will precede the transatlantic trip, running from 16 March to 8 April.
The date in Cincinnati is of particular significance as it will be The Who’s first performance in the city since the tragic night of 11 December 1979, when 11 people were tragically killed as the audience waited to get into the band’s show. The new date was announced last night (3) by local Cincinnati TV station WCPO, after the broadcaster had aired a documentary special commemorating the 40th anniversary of the tragedy, titled The Who: The Night That Changed Rock.
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were both interviewed for the documentary, as was their longtime manager Bill Curbishley. The Who will make a donation from the 2020 concert to the P.E.M. Memorial, the organisation founded to honour friends and classmates that lost their lives at the 1979 event, and provides college scholarships for students at Finneytown High School.
Next year’s dates will, as ever, feature The Who’s full live touring band, with Simon Townshend on guitar and backing vocals, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and backing vocals by Billy Nicholls. Orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder will also be part of the show.