The Who Add 2 Club Dates to Celebrate Historic Leeds Concert

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The Who have announced two additional club dates to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their historic concert at Leeds University. The news of the acoustic concerts, to be held February 12, 2020, follow the near-instant sell-out of the original shows announced for Feb. 14. All are being held at a venue called Pryzm in Kingston-Upon-Thames, U.K., outside of London, which is miles away from the university where they famously performed exactly 50 years earlier, on February 14, 1970.

The Dec. 10 announcement of the original date noted that the performances will be their smallest live concerts in over 40 years. Tickets for the two new concerts, also priced at incredibly low rates, go on sale Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. local time. The venue shows admission is just £13.00. A ticket and a CD copy of The Who’s new album, WHO, is only £17.00. More info is available here.

The concerts are described as “never to be repeated intimate acoustic shows.” The venue opened in 2013 and appears to have a capacity of 2000, though it can’t be ascertained how many tickets are being made available for the Who concert.

This ad for the album ran in the May 30, 1970 issue of Record World

The club dates are roughly one month before the band begins its 2020 U.K. tour. (See dates below.) The new album is poised to debut at #1 on the U.K. sales chart.

In 1970, The Who were at the peak of their powers after a triumphant U.S. tour that included their famed appearance at Woodstock. They’d recorded hundreds of hours of concerts for a live album. But the prospect of listening to and culling through them was simply too daunting to bear for Pete Townshend.

So the band booked two small venue dates to record: February 14 at Leeds University and the next night at Hull City Hall.

The space The Who played at Leeds was a dining hall, its “refectory,” partially curtained off, packed with some 2,000 people.

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The Who 2020 Tour Dates (Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and here)

Feb 12 – Kingston-Upon-Thames, Pryzm
Feb 14 – Kingston-Upon-Thames, Pryzm
Mar 16 – Manchester Arena
Mar 18 – Dublin 3 Arena
Mar 21 – Newcastle Utilita Arena
Mar 23 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
Mar 25 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Mar 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Apr 01 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
Apr 03 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Apr 06 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Apr 08 – London SSE Wembley Arena

Apr 21 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Apr 23 – Highland Heights, KY – BB&T Arena
Apr 25 – New Orleans, LA – Jazz Fest
Apr 27 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center (rescheduled)
Apr 30 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center (rescheduled)
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

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

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