The Who have announced that the tour of the UK and Ireland that they postponed last week will now take place in March 2021. The band have published a full schedule for the nine-date itinerary, after the 2020 dates had to be pulled in the light of the deepening coronavirus crisis.
The sequence of shows on the tour has been altered somewhat: instead of starting at the Manchester Arena, as they had intended to do this week with a 16 March concert, The Who’s new dates will now begin at the 3 Arena in Dublin on 5 March 2021. The London show, at the SSE Arena, Wembley, will now be on 22 March next year; the Manchester concert will be the last on the tour.
Original tickets for the dates will continue to be valid, and Roger Daltrey commented: “It may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.”
The band had also planned to play at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 28 March, as part of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust shows. Along with all the other shows in the 2020 week of fundraising concerts has yet to be rescheduled, but will be announced by the charity in due course.
On 25 February, Pete Townshend took part in the all-star concert organised by Mick Fleetwood in celebration of his former Fleetwood Mac bandmate Peter Green. Townshend played the band’s song ‘Station Man,’ written by Mac’s late former member Danny Kirwan, and sometimes performed live by Green.
The full schedule for The Who’s March 2021 tour is as follows:
5 – 3 Arena, Dublin
8 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
10 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
12 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
17 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
22 – SSE Arena, Wembley
24 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
27 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
29 – Manchester Arena, Manchester