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The Who Heading Back On The Road

The Who apparently isn't done touring yet.

While the North American leg of its Who Hits 50 tour wraps May 31, the group has announced a 10-date U.K./European tour for the late summer, dubbed the Back To The Who Tour 51! that starts August 29 in Glasgow, Scotland, and includes shows in the U.K., Germany, Austria and Italy.

The announcement declares that Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend "will take their audience on an 'Amazing Journey' through their entire career from the days of The High Numbers to classic albums such as Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, My Generation, Live At Leeds up to the present day."

The Who will also play the Isle of Wight Festival on June 11 in the U.K. and three other European festivals in June, and is rumored to be playing a major classic rock festival during October with Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and others. But Daltrey indicates to us that it's unlikely we'll see much of the band on the road in the future:

"We cannot keep going on doing these month-after-month long, extended tours. It's extremely hard work. When we take civilians, as I call them, on the road with us the usually last about 10 days and they're exhausted, just the grind of it. So we have to be realistic. The band got better reviews on our last tour than we had for years. It was incredibly enjoyable. It was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age...The joy of the stage is wonderful, but the traveling, every day, it's exhausting."

The full Back To The Who 51! Tour itinerary includes:

Mon   8/29                 Glasgow, UK                          The SSE Hydro

Wed   8/31               Manchester, UK                     Manchester Arena

Sat     9/3                  Sheffield, UK                           Sheffield Arena

Mon   9/5                 Birmingham, UK                       Genting Arena

Wed    9/7                 Liverpool, UK                             Echo Arena

Sat    9/10         Oberhausen, GERMANY          Koenig Pilsener Arena

Mon    9/12            Stuttgart, GERMANY                  Schleyer-Halle

Wed    9/14            Vienna, AUSTRIA                    Wiener Stadhalle

Sat     9/17               Bologna, ITALY                         Unipol Arena

Mon    9/19                Milan, ITALY                        Mediolanum Forum

 

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.