The Who Add to 2019 Tour

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On Jan. 10, The Who’s longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, revealed that the band will tour the U.S. in 2019, with “plans to do some stuff in the U.K.” The very next day, on Jan. 11, The Who revealed that the U.S. portion will be a 31-date symphonic arena tour, called “Moving On,” with 14 shows in the spring and the remainder in September and October, including several Canadian dates. On Jan. 25, the group’s social media accounts teased a “big U.K. announcement” on Jan. 28. Then on Jan. 26, a new teaser arrived with an image of London’s Wembley Stadium.

Sure enough, on Jan. 28, The Who announced a July 6 concert at Wembley Stadium, with support from Eddie Vedder, and Kaiser Chiefs. Though it remains the only U.K. concert on their schedule, speculation is that there will be other performances, particularly given that Jan. 10 interview Curbishley did with BBC Radio, when he used the words “some stuff in the U.K.” (See the current schedule below.)

The band will also record an album this year for release in the summer. On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by what the Jan. 11 announcement described as “some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.”

2019 will be a Happy Who Year

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.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and here.

The Who 2019 Tour Dates

Spring Leg
May 7 / Van Andel Arena / Grand Rapids, MI
May 9 / KeyBank Center / Buffalo, NY
May 11 / Jiffy Lube Live / Bristow, VA
May 13 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY
May 16 / Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN
May 18 / Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center / Noblesville, IN
May 21 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre / Chicago, IL
May 23 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis / Maryland Heights, MO
May 25 / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia, PA
May 28 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI
May 30 / PPG Paints Arena / Pittsburgh, PA
June 1 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON

July 7 / Wembley Stadium / London, UK

Second Leg
Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN
Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI
Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA
Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY
Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA
Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL
Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX
Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO
Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State Univ. / San Diego, CA
Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Seattle, WA
Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC
Oct 23 / Rogers Place / Edmonton, AB

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

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.

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

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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. Gerry
    #3 Gerry 11 January, 2019, 05:37

    Check out on YouTube the version of Magic Bus from Denver, indicated as 1970 (might be 1971 actually). I think you will not be disappointed.

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

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

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