If you have a killer piece of the Who memorabilia, the Who want to know who you are. The legendary British rock innovators are about to head out on a 50th anniversary tour, and as Rolling Stone reports, they’re asking fans to come forward with rare recordings, old radio and TV clips, live video and audio bootlegs, unusual photos and any other remarkable the Who-related odds and ends.
There’s precedent for Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend & Co.’s crowdsourcing. The band reportedly points out that a Dutch fan had been keeping what became the group’s 2002 film The High Numbers at the Railway Hotel for almost 40 years. In any event, fans who submit the best rarities will see their items included in the Who’s upcoming anniversary releases. They’ll get credited, but even more enticingly, they’ll receive two VIP tickets to a show on the tour. (If you’re the person who has the most outstanding the Who whatsits, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
On October 28, the Who will release The Who Hits 50!, which as its title suggests is a new greatest-hits set. A tour behind the compilation is expected to hit U.K. arenas this fall and North America next year. The coming year will also bring an assortment of anniversary-related events and releases. It’s all part of what Daltrey recently told reporters would be “the beginning of the long goodbye.”
Coincidentally, these former performers at the NFL’s biggest game are asking fans for help at the same time a petition is calling for “Weird Al” Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl, in a halftime booking that would symbolize a cultural shift that has put music stars closer to fans’ level.