The Who have announced a major British 50th anniversary tour for late 2014 that Roger Daltrey describes as “the beginning of the long goodbye.” ‘The Who Hits 50!’ will see Daltrey and Pete Townshend celebrating their entire career, right back to their days as the High Numbers.
The shows, which are described by Townshend as containing “hits, picks, mixes and misses,” will include material from all of the band’s landmark albums, including ‘Who’s Next,’ ‘Tommy,’ ‘Quadrophenia,’ ‘My Generation,’ ‘Live At Leeds,’ all the way to their most recent work.
“Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter’s beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack,” muses Townshend on the band’s website. “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. 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 tour will culminate at London’s 02 Arena, where the band played two shows in June 2013 during the eight-month ‘Quadrophenia’ tour, which were thought by many who saw them to be among the best of their epic career.
Dates for ‘The Who Hits 50!’ are as follows:
Nov 30 Glasgow SSE Hydro
Dec 2 Leeds First Direct Arena
Dec 5 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Dec 7 Birmingham NIA
Dec 9 Newcastle Metro
Dec 11 Liverpool Echo Arena
Dec 13 Manchester Phones4U Arena
Dec 15 Cardiff Motorpoint
Dec 17 London The O2