29 dates set for summer and fall
For Who fans everywhere, the announcement of a brand new tour means only one thing: the world’s most untameable rock band is about to deliver the goods once again. Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend will be unleashing the combustible force that is The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer and fall in 2019. Produced by Live Nation, The Who’s North American Moving On! Tour will bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to 29 cities beginning in May. The kickoff date is May 7th in Grand Rapids, MI with the band wrapping up the first leg of the tour June 1st in Toronto, ON. A much-anticipated series of fall dates will launch on September 6th in St. Paul, MN and conclude on October 23rd in Edmonton, AB. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 18th at LiveNation.com.
The Who will also be releasing their first album of new songs in thirteen years later this year. On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.
The Who’s fan club pre-sale starts Wednesday, January 16th at 10 am local time and runs through Thursday, January 17th at 10 pm local time. Every pair of tickets purchased online includes a redeemable code for a CD copy of The Who’s forthcoming album when it’s released. This offer is available to US and Canada customers only and not valid for tickets purchased via resale. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold for the trek will benefit Teen Cancer America.
The tour is their first return to the states since their 2017 Las Vegas residency. That same year they did a limited run of shows following 2016’s rescheduled leg of their acclaimed 50th anniversary celebration. The band also drew praise for their extended 2012-2013 North American run, a 36 city Quadrophenia tour with the band performing their 1973 rock opera in its entirety.
“The Who are touring again in 2019. Roger christened this tour Moving On!” Townshend states. “I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic Who music, all performed in new and exciting ways. Taking risks, nothing to lose. Looking forward to seeing you all. Are you ready?”
“Be aware Who fans! Just because it’s The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music,” Daltrey says. “This will be full throttle Who with horns and bells on.”
2019 North American Tour Dates:
May 7 / Van Andel Arena / Grand Rapids, MI
May 9 / KeyBank Center / Buffalo, NY
May 11 / Jiffy Lube Live / Bristow, VA
May 13 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY
May 16 / Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN
May 18 / Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center / Noblesville, IN
May 21 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre / Chicago, IL
May 23 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis / Maryland Heights, MO
May 25 / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia, PA
May 28 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI
May 30 / PPG Paints Arena / Pittsburgh, PA
June 1 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON
Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN
Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI
Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA
Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY
Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA
Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL
Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX
Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO
Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University / San Diego, CA
Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners / Seattle, WA
Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC
Oct 23 / Rogers Place / Edmonton, AB
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