The Who in 2019: New Album, Tour

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The Who will tour the U.S. in 2019, with “plans to do some stuff in the U.K.” The band will also record an album this year. The announcement came from their longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, who shared the news in a Jan. 10 interview with BBC Radio. On Jan. 11, The Who revealed that the U.S. portion will be a 31-date symphonic arena tour, with 14 shows in the spring and the remainder in September and October, including several Canadian dates. In between, the group will play several U.K. festivals over the summer.

2019 should be a Happy Who Year

Specific dates (and thus ticket information) are not yet available, though its understood that the early dates will include shows in the northeastern U.S. The later dates include Canada and the western U.S. These North American shows will include a local symphony orchestra, in each case, per an interview that Roger Daltrey did with Rolling Stone.

[UPDATE: The Who have revealed details of their 2019 North American “Moving On” tour.]

Appearing with host Shaun Keaveny, Curbishley said: “We’re gonna do an album… Pete [Townshend]’s written some really great songs. He gave us some demos a couple of months ago and I really think of those—he gave me 12 of them—eight of them are absolutely great for The Who. And he’s still writing and he’s got so much stuff, so I’m sure he’ll adapt some of that and we’ll get some more songs.”

The Who haven’t released a new studio album since 2006’s Endless Wire. (Before that, you’d have to go all the way back to 1982’s It’s Hard.)

As for 2019 performances, Curbishley said “We’ve got some really good dates we’re gonna do,” specifically mention the U.S. and U.K., adding: “That’s gonna be announced over the next couple of weeks.”

The Who haven’t toured since 2017.

Related: Our 2016 review of The Who

Townshend and Roger Daltrey spent 2018 working on individual projects. Daltrey released a solo album, As Long as I Have You, and performed Tommy with local orchestras in a series of U.S. dates. He also published his memoir Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite.

Townshend spent 2018 away from The Who to devote time to his wife Rachel Fuller’s stage musical production, The Seeker.

In other Who-related news, Curbishley revealed some significant progress on a long-discussed film on the life of Who drummer Keith Moon. “We’ve talked to Roger about that for 20 years but we’re finally there,” he told BBC Radio. “He’s had a couple of scripts over the years that didn’t really suit, but since I got involved with him we went through a couple of different scriptwriters and we’ve settled on a writer called Jeff Pope.”

(Pope wrote the 2018 film Stan & Ollie, and co-wrote the screenplay for the 2013 film, Philomena, with Steve Coogan.)

The BBC’s Keaveny asked him: “Have you started casting for Moonie yet?” “That’s a tough one but I’ve fixed on it really being an unknown and finding another Phil Daniels.” Daniels played the lead role in the 1979 film adaptation of Quadrophenia.

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

Watch The Who open their last show, on October 1, 2017, in Argentina

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  1. Garrett Jennings
    #1 Garrett Jennings 10 January, 2019, 14:59

    Awesome news about The Who.
    Love them – here are their Top 200 Songs http://supergroup.netfirms.com/index5.htm

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  2. The Loon
    #2 The Loon 10 January, 2019, 21:19

    Best live band ever! Can’t believe the boys are coming back. Long live rock!

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  3. Kevguy
    #3 Kevguy 11 January, 2019, 09:31

    Rumor: Original title Who’s Left has been replaced by Who Cares!

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