The Who Debut New Song at Wembley Concert

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Roger Daltrey, Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend at Wembley Stadium, July 6, 2019

The Who performed their only scheduled U.K. date at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 6 and among the setlist’s 25 songs was one that is planned for the group’s first new studio album since 2006.

The concert came after a five-week break which followed the spring leg of their 2019 tour, their first since 2017. On this tour, The Who are performing much of their set with an orchestra.

The band have begun recording an album for release later this year. On stage, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are joined with familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey.

For the London date, following highlights of their 1969 rock opera, Tommy, including the “Overture,” and “Sparks” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Following such classic rock favorites as “Who Are You” and “Eminence Front,” the Who debuted “Hero Ground Zero.” The song is expected to be included on the new, as-yet-untitled studio album.

Watch the performance of “Hero Ground Zero” on July 6

Midway through the evening, The Who performed a brief set sans orchestra. (Townshend was dressed in a blue jump suit, reminiscent of the white one he wore for years.)

Watch an acoustic version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

Later, Daltrey welcomed Eddie Vedder – who was a support act on the bill – to join them on Quadrophenia‘s “The Punk and the Godfather.”

The second leg of the tour resumes in September.

The Who 2019 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Second Leg
Sept 01 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY
Sept 03 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON
Sept 06 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN (with Reignwolf)
Sept 08 / 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 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

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