Today, The Who have officially announced a North America tour. The 29-city “Moving On! Tour” will see Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend accompanied by a local symphony.
The first leg of The Who’s “Moving On! Tour” will kick off on May 7th at Grand Rapids, MI’s Van Angel Arena, and take the band to Buffalo, NY’s KeyBank Center (5/9), Bristow, VA’s Jiffy Lube Live (5/11), NYC’s Madison Square Garden (5/13), Nashville, TN’s Bridgestone Arena (5/16), Noblesville, IN’s Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center (5/18), Chicago, IL’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (5/21), St. Louis, MO’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis (5/23), Philadelphia, PA’s Citizens Bank Park (5/25), Detroit, MI’s Little Caesars Arena (5/28), Pittsburgh, PA’s PPG Paints Arena (5/30) and Toronto, ON’s Scotiabank Arena (6/1).
The second leg of The Who’s “Moving On! Tour” will kick off on September 6th at St. Paul, MN’s Xcel Energy Center, and move on to Alpine Valley, WI’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre (9/8), Cuyahoga Falls, OH’s Blossom Music Center (9/10), Boston, MA’s Fenway Park (9/13), Wantagh, NY’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (9/15), Atlanta, GA’s State Farm Arena (9/18), Ft. Lauderdale, FL’s BB&T Center (9/20), Tampa, FL’s Amalie Arena (9/22), Houston, TX’s Toyota Center (9/25), Dallas, TX’s American Airlines Center (9/27), Denver, CO’s Pepsi Center, two nights at Los Angeles, CA’s Hollywood Bowl (10/11 & 10/13), San Diego, CA’s Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (10/16), Seattle, WA’s T-Mobile Park (10/19), Vancouver, BC’s Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena (10/21), and Edmonton, AB’s Rogers Place (10/23).
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 presale starts Wednesday, January 16 at 10 am local time and runs through Thursday, January 17th at 10 pm local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 18th at LiveNation.com.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, bandmates Daltrey and Townshend stressed that this tour is not being billed as a “farewell”, though Daltrey goes on to say that this will possibly be his “last tour”. He continues, “I’m just being realistic about going through the 75th year of my life. I have to be realistic that this is the age I am and voices start to go after a while. I don’t want to be not as good as I was two years ago.”
The tour is in support of the band’s forthcoming 13th studio album, marking their first release since 2006’s Endless Wire. According to guitarist/singer/songwriter Pete Townshend, he initially refused the offer to tour with The Who unless there was an album paired with it. “I said I was not going to sign any contracts unless we have new material,” Townshend told Rolling Stone in an extended feature about their 2019 plans. “This has nothing to do with wanting a hit album. It has nothing to do with the fact that The Who need a new album. It’s purely personal. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dignity as a writer.”
As of now, Townshend has written new material and it is in demo form—as Townshend hopes Roger Daltrey will record vocals later this year to meet the goal of a 2019 release. Townshend described the new material as “dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and cliched Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang”, though the new songs were met with silence from Roger, who said: “They’re all great songs…. But sometimes I hear them and I think, ‘I can’t add anything to this to make my job as singer worthy of doing anything better than what Pete has already done.’ There’s at least five or six I can lay into and I’m sure they’ll come out incredible.” Daltrey continues, “Now that I’m healed up, I’m going to spend time getting into them. Okay, so I didn’t get back to him quickly at first. It doesn’t mean anything! I was deaf for about three weeks. It wasn’t even possible for me to bloody hear what was in them!”
Townshend and Daltrey have both admitted their problems in communicating with each other, which is seemingly already making the process of recording an album difficult. Deciding what material to play, agreeing on new songs, and working with a timeline for a Father’s Day release are just a few of the problems they have cited.
“If they can’t get it by Father’s Day, they don’t care when they’re getting it,” Townshend explained. “And so it might wind up being September or October.” As for Daltrey, he’s less amused. “If it takes us until next fuckin’ Father’s Day, so be it,” he said. “I loathe that part of the business. I just hate it. That’s why they’re working in an office and we’re on the stage.” Read the full feature on The Who’s upcoming tour and album here.
The Who 2019 Tour Dates:
05/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
05/09 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
05/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
05/13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
05/16 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/18 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
05/21 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
05/23 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis
05/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
05/28 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
05/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
06/01 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
09/06 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
09/08 – Alpine Valley, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
09/10 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
09/13 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
09/15 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/18 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
09/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
09/22 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
09/25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
09/27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
09/29 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/16 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
10/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place