After Roger Daltrey's vocal recovery and a two-year pandemic break, The Who are getting ready to hit the road again.
The band has just announced dates for a 2022 North American tour. Titled The Who Hits Back! tour, the first run of spring dates will kick off on April 22 in Hollywood, Florida. It will run through May 28, where they'll play in Bethel, New York. After a break over the summer, the band will head back out in the fall for another 13-show run, starting in Toronto on October 2 and wrapping on November 5 in Las Vegas.
The Who previously performed with local orchestras on their Moving On! tour. Once again, they will share the stage with classical ensembles in the U.S. and Canada, playing songs from across their entire career.
Townshend says the presence of the orchestras gives him a focus he doesn’t have at traditional Who concerts. “It gives me a chance to make sure what I play, what I do, where I look, how I behave on the stage, is more connected with the people around me,” he tells Rolling Stone, “and with the audience, and with, to get prosaic about it, an inner sense."
He continued: “In other words, I don’t lose myself the way I did when I used to jump around, have a big adrenaline rush, and then come off the stage and someone would say, ‘Great show,’ or someone would say, ‘Terrible show,’ and I wouldn’t really know what I had done, to be honest, since I was like someone running a marathon. So the orchestra gives me space.”
“Pete and I said we’d be back, but we didn’t think we’d have to wait for two years for the privilege,” Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of the band, said in a statement. “This is making the chance to perform feel even more special this time around. So many livelihoods have been impacted due to Covid, so we are thrilled to get everyone back together – the band, the crew and the fans. We’re gearing up for a great show that hits back in the only way The Who know how. By giving it everything we got.”
In addition to the local orchestras, frontman Daltrey and guitarist/singer Pete Townshend will be joined onstage by guitarist/back-up singer Simon Townshend, keyboardists Loren Gold and Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey, backing vocalist Billy Nicholls, orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby, and lead cellist Audrey Snyder.
Tickets for The Who Hits Back! tour will go on sale to the public beginning on Friday (February 11) at 10am local time. You can find them here.
See The Who's tour poster below.
The Who announce a brand new tour for 2022 . . . THE WHO HITS BACK!— The Who (@TheWho) February 7, 2022
Our North American trek will be another rock n’ roll knockout, kicking off 22 April and running through to May 29 The fall leg starts October 2, 2022 and ends November 5. Full details https://t.co/9YWi1QZVtc pic.twitter.com/xmBgru3Ne3
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