The Who has just rolled out a dozen new U.S. dates for the spring — including a six-night Las Vegas residency. The band's "Moving On!" tour will play rescheduled stops in Dallas, Houston, and Denver — along with a return to the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Newly added shows include gigs in Hollywood, Florida; and Highland Heights, Kentucky — a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio — marking the band's first return to the Cincinnati area since December 3rd, 1979 when 11 fans died in a stampede while entering the Who’s concert at Riverfront Coliseum.
As it stands now, the band will close out the 2020 run over six nights in May at Las Vegas' Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Tomorrow (December 6th), the band will release its first new album in 13 years, titled, simply, WHO.
During a chat with The Toronto Sun, Pete Townshend was asked what he feels will be next for him and Roger Daltrey beyond the new album and touring cycle: "I think the next step would be for me to sit with Roger and try to really fathom exactly what he feels deep in his heart he wants to say (in songs). That may challenge him too much (laughs), I don’t know, but it’s an opportunity now. It does feel like I know how to do this. Instead of writing for ‘The Who,’ writing for Roger Daltrey."
Townshend went on to say that he hopes that fans will take a closer look at the Who's last album in the wake of the newly released material, explaining, "I’m hoping that Endless Wire will line up a little better now that we’ve put this album out. I think people might go back and listen to it now and find it less awful than they originally thought."
It's amazing to think that over 40 years after Keith Moon's death, the Who are still rolling out arena dates across the globe. Pete Townshend looked back at what it took to stage a Who show back in the 1970's: ["What would the Who be like today if it was still just the four of us. I don't know if I could do shows like that. I don't know whether I could do shows where I had to play the guitar, sing, lead lines, backing vocals, leap up and down, do all that stuff — and keep my brain alert enough to deal with Keith Moon's banter. I can't imagine what it would be like to see Keith go through his decline and recover. It would've been a mixture of kind of glory and sadness, because he could never have recovered his youth any more than I can."] SOUNDCUE (:30 than I can)
JUST ANNOUNCED: The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):
April 21 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
April 23 – Highland Heights, KY – BB&T Arena Northern Kentucky University
April 25 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz Fest
April 27 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center *** Rescheduled
April 30 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center *** Rescheduled
May 2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center *** Rescheduled
May 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
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