The Who Begin ‘Long Goodbye’ With New Album, Tour

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.30.14 in News

The Who have revealed the first leg of their fiftieth anniversary tour, a UK run that’ll turn into a full-on North American trek in 2015. According to a press release (via Rolling Stone), “The band will play all the classic anthems as well as tackling deeper cuts from their catalog … from the days of [their early incarnation] The High Numbers to classic albums such as Who’s Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, My Generation, Live At Leeds up to the present day.”

“Most people that want to come to a show want to hear what they grew up with,” frontman Roger Daltrey admitted in an interview last year. “Let’s not kid ourselves. We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits … There might be 40,000 total people in America who want to hear [The Who By Numbers song] ‘Slip Kid.’”

While that’s certainly the case, the band still has some new material in them, enough to start their first record since 2006′s Endless Wire this summer. “We might try to make the album in a more basic way than we usually do,” guitarist Pete Townshend said at a press conference, although he made sure to add that the next record is “more prog rock than pub rock.”

As for whether this’ll truly be the last major Who tour, Daltrey called their plans “the beginning of a long goodbye.” Or as he said earlier, “We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere.”

The Who tour dates:
11/30 Glasgow – SSE Hyrdo
12/2 Leeds – First Direct Arena
12/5 Nottingham – Capital FM Arena
12/7 Birmingham – NIA
12/9 Newcastle – Metro
12/11 Liverpool- Echo Arena
12/13 Manchester – Phones 4U Arena
12/15 Cardiff – Motorpoint
12/17 London – The O2