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The Who Hits 50 will perform their first U.S. festival appearance in more than 40 years at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, set for April 24-May 3 in New Orleans, LA.  ’s previous iconic U.S. festival appearances were in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival (where a coin toss decided whether they or Jimi Hendrix would close the evening’s performances) and at Woodstock in 1969 (where Townshend kicked Abbie Hoffman off the stage when Hoffman interrupted their set to make a political speech).

One of rock’s most legendary and defining bands will perform this special appearance as part of their 2015 “ HITS 50! North American tour.  THE WHO HITS 50!” tour–which includes special guests: 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett & The Blackhearts–will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY.  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  “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour is being presented by AEG Live.

Set lists on these shows will take  their audience on an “Amazing Journey” through THE WHO’s entire career, from the band’s early days to classic albums including WHO’S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION and LIVE AT LEEDS, through the present day.

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. As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013.

One of America’s most beloved annual cultural celebrations, the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell began in 1970 and draws over 400,000 music fans from around the globe to New Orleans for two unforgettable weekends (April 24-26 & April 30-May 3, 2015) every spring. “Jazz Fest” features the biggest names in music on 12 stages plus an extensive craft fair featuring contemporary and folks crafts plus a highly acclaimed food fair featuring Louisiana’s unique cuisine.  The 2015 Festival lineup includes:  Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, T.I., Trombone Shorty, Hozier, Widespread Panic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Steve Winwood, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Allen Toussaint and hundreds more.

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

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
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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