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PrintPrior to the upcoming kick-off of their “ HITS 50!much-anticipated North American tour in Tampa, FL on April 15, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands performed their annual Teenage Cancer Trust Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 26.  In a review of the show, The Telegraph (UK, March 2015) said, “ were fantastic, as we have come to expect. With those dynamic characters, such incredible songs and that powerful sound, they are a rock band who can only be judged by the very high standards they have set themselves…There’s a particular kind of punch deliver when they emerge from mellifluous dreamy melodies to slam together on a power chord that no other band has ever matched.” With NME.com (March 2015) adding:  “The band performed a two-hour set of tracks and hits spanning their entire career…Kicking off with ‘I Can’t Explain’, the veteran rockers played a series of greatest hits including ‘Substitute’, ‘Who Are You’ and ‘The Kids Are Alright’ against a backdrop of moving images of the band during their younger days…”

The extensive HITS 50!” North American tour will include the band’s final shows in many of the tour cities.  As Roger Daltrey recently explained to RollingStone.com, “I do know this is the last big tour we’ll ever do.  We have to be realistic.  I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do.  The quality of the music is really what this is all about.”

“THE WHO HITS 50!” North American tour includes special guests:2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. The spring run of 20 stops throughout the east wraps May 30 in Forest Hills, NY and includes a Saturday, April 25 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell (the band’s first U.S. festival appearance in more than 40 years).  The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA.  Tickets are currently on sale at www.thewho.com and www.axs.com“THE WHO HITS 50!” tour is being presented by AEG Live.

Roger Daltrey recently told RollingStone.com, “the tour rehearsals are going, “Great.  It’s not like we don’t know the songs!  I mean, the band is just amazing; as fresh as ever.”  As for each night’s set list he adds, “we just throw it in the air.  It is what it is.  The thing we try and do is move people; take them high and bring them low.  If you get one song in the wrong place, it throws the mood.  It doesn’t carry the audience.  It puts them off balance.”

THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane.  Each of them was a pioneer.  Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic vertuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger.  They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl.  As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013.

THE WHO’s 2015 North American tour dates are as follows:

DATECITYVENUE
2015 Tour Dates – Leg 1
Wed4/15Tampa, FLAmalie Arena
Fri4/17Miami, FLAmericanAirlines Arena
Sun4/19Jacksonville, FLJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tue4/21Raleigh, NCPNC Arena
Thu4/23Duluth, GAThe Arena at Gwinnett Center
**Sat4/25New Orleans, LANew Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell
Mon4/27Austin, TXFrank Erwin Center
Wed4/29Houston, TXToyota Center
Sat5/2Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
Tue5/5Kansas City, MOSprint Center
Thu5/7St. Louis, MOScottrade Center
Sat5/9Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Arena
Mon5/11Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
Wed5/13Chicago, ILAllstate Arena
Fri5/15Columbus, OHNationwide Arena
Sun5/17Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center
Wed5/20Uniondale, NYNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Fri5/22Atlantic City, NJBoardwalk Hall
Sun5/24Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Resort & Casino – Sun Arena
Tue5/26Brooklyn, NYBarclays Center
Sat5/30Forest Hills, NYForest Hills Stadium
2015 Tour Dates – Leg 2
Mon9/14San Diego, CAValley View Casino Center
Wed9/16Anaheim, CAHonda Center
**Sat9/19Las Vegas, NVColosseum at Caesars Palace
Mon9/21Los Angeles, CASTAPLES Center
Wed9/23Oakland, CAOracle Arena
Fri9/25Portland, ORModa Center
Sun9/27Seattle, WAKeyArena
Tue9/29Vancouver, BCPepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Thu10/1Calgary, ABScotiabank Saddledome
Sat10/3Edmonton, ABRexall Place
Tue10/6Saskatoon, SKSaskTel Centre
Thu10/8Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
Sat10/10Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
Tue10/13Milwaukee, WIBMO Harris Bradley Center
Thu10/15Chicago, ILUnited Center
Sat10/17Detroit, MIJoe Louis Arena
Mon10/19Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
Wed10/21Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
Fri10/23Pittsburgh, PACONSOL Energy Center
Sun10/25Newark, NJPrudential Center
Tue10/27New York, NYMadison Square Garden
Thu10/29Boston, MATD Garden
Sun11/1Washington, DCVerizon Center
Wed11/4Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center

**Without Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

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