The Who Perform Club Dates for ‘Live at Leeds’ 50th: Watch

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The Who are performing a series of club dates to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their historic concert at Leeds University. The first two of four acoustic concerts were held on Wed., Feb. 12, followed by two more on Feb. 14. All four were instant sell-outs when tickets went on-sale in mid-December. All were 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 setlist for both of the Feb. 12 shows was just eight songs, spanning early favorites like “Substitute” and “The Kids Are Alright” through two tracks from the well-received Dec. 2019 release, WHO.

Those in attendance on Feb. 14 were treated to two additional songs when the Who offered a bit of Eddie Cochran’s “Three Steps to Heaven” and gave their first live performance since 2008 of their own “Tattoo.”

To get a sense of how intimate the concerts were, here’s a clip from the early show on Feb. 14, where Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend talk about their attempt to score a #1 album for the new album, only to be blocked, as Townshend recalls, by “that f**king c*nt Rod Stewart. We love him… actually he’s an old buddy of ours.” After more back-and-forth and thanking the fans, they perform “Behind Blue Eyes.”

Watch the opening song, “Substitute,” from the Feb. 12 early show

Watch them perform “Squeeze Box” from 1975’s The Who By Numbers at the Feb. 12 early show

Tickets for the shows were just £13.00, the equivalent of $16.84. A ticket and a CD copy of The Who‘s new album, WHO, is only £17.00.

Watch them perform “Tattoo”

Five songs into the early show on Feb. 14, as Daltrey strapped on a guitar, Townshend asked him, “Are you going to play on this?” When the “Guv’nor” replied, “Yeah,” Townshend deadpanned, “Oh, fuck…” as the crowd roared.

Watch them perform their mainstay, “The Kids Are Alright.” (In the second clip, they offered an extra verse to the song.)

Watch “Behind Blue Eyes” from 1971’s Who’s Next, from the Feb. 12 early show

The club dates are roughly one month before the band begins its 2020 U.K. tour. (See dates below.)

Before performing “Break the News” from the new album, Daltrey complemented its songwriter (and Pete’s younger brother), Simon Townshend, who has been with The Who’s touring band for years. “Simon is such a great songwriter. It’s great to find a song that fits on a Who album.”

Watch as Daltrey forgets the words for the song’s live debut

That’s percussionist Jody Linscott, who has collaborated with Townshend and Daltrey many times.

Next, they performed “She Rocked My World,” from the new album

Watch them perform “Pinball Wizard” at the Feb. 12 early show

For the finale, it was just Pete and Rog

The Who, Pryzm, Kingston-Upon-Thames, U.K., Feb. 12, 2020 Early Show Setlist

Substitute
Squeeze Box
Behind Blue Eyes
The Kids Are Alright
Break the News
She Rocked My World
Pinball Wizard
Won’t Get Fooled Again

Thanks to Jeff Galasso for the great vids!

Before each of the performances, fans lined up outside the venue for hours for the rare opportunity to see the band up close.

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

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

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