One of the most important rock bands of the 1960s, The Who have excited multiple generations of fans with their legendary live shows. Formed in London in 1964 out of a thriving mod club scene, the quartet soon voiced the frustration of British youth with hits such as "I Can't Explain" and "My Generation." Featuring explosive chemistry both on stage and in the studio, the band soon expanded its creative horizons with songwriter and guitarist Pete Townshend putting the rock opera on the map with 1969's Tommy. The release of 1971's Who's Next confirmed their status as one of rock's most thrilling and intelligent bands. The Who remain a popular live draw around the world, often highlighting an entire album from beginning to end in their lengthy sets.
Generations of Fans
It took the 1970 release of Live at Leeds to illustrate to the world what stadiums full of fans could attest to - The Who were one of the best live bands of their generation. With vocalist Roger Daltrey's tough yet tender flair, Townshend's vigorous wind-milling, drummer Keith Moon's frenetic playing and bassist John Entwistle's composed stage presence, The Who boasted a unique chemistry that proved more than the sum of its parts. They also had in Townshend a songwriter of immense talent. He wrote hits such as "Pinball Wizard," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Who Are You," among others. Seven of the band's albums have made Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, a ranking bested by only a precious few other bands. In 2001, the Grammy Foundation awarded the group a Lifetime Achievement Award. The band's music continues to resonate across the decades.
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The Who is opening many of their concerts with the first five songs on Tommy as well as well-known songs from Quadrophenia, including the single "5:15." There are also a number of deep cuts taken from their back catalog, including songs such as "Imagine a Man" and "Join Together."
Who is playing in The Who's touring band?
In addition to founding members Daltrey and Townshend, the current lineup includes Simon Townshend on guitar and backing vocals, Jon Button on bass, keyboardist Loren Gold and perennial drummer Zak Starkey. In a first for The Who, the troupe will be joined by a local symphony on each date.
What can I expect from The Who on this tour?
Their concerts fully incorporate the live orchestra. Set closer "Baba O' Riley" features a violin solo from touring orchestra member Katie Jocoby, while the original orchestration present on Tommy is replicated faithfully. The band also tackles some numbers without the orchestra, including acoustic versions of "The Kids are Alright" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
How long are The Who's sets?
The Who's concerts run about two hours long. The Who have divided the sets into thirds, with the first devoted to Tommy, the second section focusing on both hits and deep cuts and the last section is a celebration of Quadrophenia.Back to Top