The Who 2019 Tour Sets Opening Acts, Adds Date

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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. It remains the only U.K. concert on their schedule.

On May 14, with the first leg of the tour well underway, The Who revealed their special guests for the second leg of their U.S. tour which begins September 6.

The Who have also added a third concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets go on sale on May 17 at 12 p.m. local time.  An October 23 concert, originally scheduled at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, was cancelled (though the Live Nation tour update made no mention of it). See the revised schedule below.

Watch The Who rehearse for the tour, in a clip released May 2

The band have begun recording an album 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.)

Watch “Baba O’Riley” from the tour’s opening night on May 7

This is the first Who tour since 2017.

Related: Our recap of the 2019 tour’s opening night

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and here.

The Who 2019 Tour Dates

Spring Leg
May 7 / Van Andel Arena / Grand Rapids, MI (with Dirty Honey)
May 9 / KeyBank Center / Buffalo, NY (with Arkells)
May 11 / Jiffy Lube Live / Bristow, VA (with Peter Wolf)
May 13 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY (with Leslie Mendelson)
May 16 / Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN (with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real)
May 18 / Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center / Noblesville, IN (with Reignwolf)
May 21 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre / Chicago, IL (with Reignwolf)
May 23 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis / Maryland Heights, MO (with the Hillbenders)
May 25 / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia, PA (with Peter Wolf)
May 28 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI (with Arkells)
May 30 / PPG Paints Arena / Pittsburgh, PA (with Reignwolf)
June 1 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON (with Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk)

July 7 / Wembley Stadium / London, UK

Second Leg
Sept 1 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY
Sept 3 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON
Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN (with Reignwolf)
Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI (with Dead Horses)
Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH (with Peter Wolf)
Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA (with Peter Wolf)
Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY (with Reignwolf)
Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA (with Reignwolf)
Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL (with Reignwolf)
Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL (with Reignwolf)
Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX (with Reignwolf)
Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX (with Reignwolf)
Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO (with Reignwolf)
Oct 9 / Chase Center / San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA (with TBA)
Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA (with TBA)
Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State Univ. / San Diego, CA (with Liam Gallagher)
Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Seattle, WA (with Liam Gallagher)
Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC (with Liam Gallagher)
Oct 24 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA (with Liam Gallagher)

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, in that same Jan. 10 interview, 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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  5. SLMN100
    #5 SLMN100 20 May, 2019, 07:33

    As thrilled as I am that Peter Wolf is opening in Fenway, I wish Liam was doing at least one east coast show, as he’s a real good looking boy!

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