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The Who Poster 2016Just days after they re-launch the North American leg of  HITS 50! TOUR,” will perform Friday, March 4 at 11:35 PM (ET/PT) on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”  This mark’s the iconic group’s first full band U.S. nighttime talk show performance in nearly 50 years (the last was ’s historic 1967 appearance on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”).

“THE WHO HITS 50! TOUR” kicks off tomorrow (Saturday, February 27) in Detroit, MI.  This marks the beginning of a 28-date tour of rescheduled dates from THE WHO‘s 2015 trek–which was postponed to allow lead singer Roger Daltrey time to recover from his recent bout with viral meningitis–and includes stops in Toronto, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, before wrapping Sunday, May 29 in Las Vegas.  Tickets for the originally scheduled shows will be honored at the new dates.  For the tour openers, the band has set Tal Wilkenfeld to perform on the first 13 shows, with Slydigs to accompany them on the remaining dates. In addition, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (who accompanied THE WHO on the first leg of this tour) will perform as special guests at the Thursday, March 3 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour is being presented by AEG Live. Tickets and VIP packages for the shows are available at www.thewho.com.  Citi is the official credit card of “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour.  Citi card members will have access to purchase tickets for the U.S. dates through Citi’s Private Pass Program; for details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

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 virtuosity 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. Deep into their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews.

The updated “THE WHO HITS 50!”tour dates are as follows: 

DATE                    CITY                              VENUE

with Tal Wilkenfeld supporting:
Sat2/27Detroit, MIJoe Louis Arena
Tue3/1Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts supporting:
Thu3/3New York, NYMadison Square Garden
with Tal Wilkenfeld supporting:
Mon3/7Boston, MATD Garden
Thu3/10Chicago, ILUnited Center
Sat3/12Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
Mon3/14Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center
Wed3/16Pittsburgh, PACONSOL Energy Center
Sat3/19Newark, NJPrudential Center
Mon3/21Milwaukee, WIBMO Harris Bradley Center
Thu3/24Washington, DCVerizon Center
Sat3/26St. Louis, MOScottrade Center
Tue3/29Denver, COPepsi Center
with Slydigs supporting:
Tue4/26Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
Fri4/29Kansas City, MOSprint Center
Sun5/1Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
Wed5/4Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
Fri5/6Saskatoon, SKSaskTel Centre
Sun5/8Edmonton, ABRexall Place
Tue5/10Calgary, ABScotiabank Saddledome
Fri5/13Vancouver, BCPepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sun5/15Seattle, WAKeyArena at Seattle Center
Tue5/17Portland, ORModa Center
Thu5/19Oakland, CAOracle Arena
Sun5/22Anaheim, CAHonda Center
Wed5/25Los Angeles, CASTAPLES Center
Fri5/27San Diego, CAValley View Casino Center
^Sun5/29Las Vegas, NVColosseum at Caesars Palace

 

**Please note:  Tickets for the Toronto October 19 show will be honored on the March 1 date, while tickets for the October 21/December 1 show will be honored at the April 26 performance.

 

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