The Who Cancel 2020 U.S. Tour

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The Who have removed the U.S. dates of their 2020 “Moving On” tour. On March 28, they announced that they were moving the concerts, scheduled to begin on April 21, to the fall. But on May 21, the band revealed on their website that “they will no longer be taking place.” (The news was not shared on their Facebook or Twitter accounts.)

The May 21 announcement noted, “Tickets will automatically be refunded at point of purchase, and you’ll be the first to know when our rescheduled tour dates are announced.

“We hope you are all in good health and looking out for each other and we look forward to seeing you at a venue in the very near future.”

The U.S. shows were to conclude with a residency in Las Vegas on May 16.

Those dates were to include a show in the Cincinnati, OH area – the first time the band would be performing in the city since 11 lives were tragically lost as a crowd waited to get into The Who’s concert on December 3, 1979.

On March 12, the group announced the U.K. and Ireland dates of their tour had moved to 2021. Those shows, originally due to start on March 16, were postponed with an announcement that noted “fans’ safety is paramount and given the developing Coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows.” The U.K. dates are pushed back for a full year.

Previously purchased tickets for all of the shows will be honored. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

In the March 12 statement, Roger Daltrey assured fans that the shows will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.”

Pete Townshend said “if one fan caught Coronavirus at a Who concert it would be one too many.”

The historic show in the Cincinnati area was announced on Dec. 3 by local TV station WCPO after airing a documentary special commemorating the 40th anniversary of the tragedy, The Who: The Night That Changed Rock. Townshend, Daltrey, and long-time manager Bill Curbishley were interviewed for the special. The Who will make a donation from the concert to the P.E.M. Memorial, the organization that was founded to honor friends and classmates that lost their lives at the 1979 concert, providing college scholarships for students at Finneytown High School.

Related: 40 Years On – When 11 fans lost their lives at a Who concert

The Moving On shows would to have featured The Who’s full live band comprised of guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and backing vocals by Billy Nicholls, along with orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Q. Snyder. The Who recently an acclaimed new album, titled WHO, their first full-length studio LP in 13 years, on Dec. 6.

Listen to “All This Music Must Fade” from the new album

The Who 2021 Tour Dates (Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and here)

2020 Shows – Canceled
Apr 21 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Apr 23 – Highland Heights, KY – BB&T Arena
Apr 27 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Apr 30 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 02 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
May 05 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 07 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 09 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 12 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 14 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 16 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Rescheduled to 2021
Mar 05 – Dublin 3 Arena (orig. Mar. 18)
Mar 08 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena (orig. Apr. 6)
Mar 10 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena (orig. Mar 23)
Mar 12 – Newcastle Utilita Arena (orig. Mar. 21)
Mar 15 – Leeds First Direct Arena (orig. Mar.25)
Mar 17 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena (orig. Apr 1)
Mar 20 – London Royal Albert Hall (Benefit) (orig. Mar. 28)
Mar 22 – London SSE Wembley Arena (orig. Apr. 8)
Mar 24 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (orig. Apr. 3)
Mar 27 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (orig. Mar. 30)
Mar 29 – Manchester Arena (orig. Mar. 16)

Listen to “I Don’t Wanna Get Wise” from WHO

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