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The Who Launches 2016 Dates

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The Who kicked off its 2016 dates on Saturday night (February 13th) at London, England’s SSE Arena, Wembley, marking Roger Daltrey’s first shows since recovering from viral meningitis. The setlist, which was a standard “meat and potatoes” show, excluded “I Can’t Explain” — and like last summer’s shows — bagan with “Who Are You.” Although the band included the Quadrophenia instrumental “The Rock,” gone were the rarer nightly “wild card” tunes — “Slip Kid,” “Magic Bus,” “Squeeze Box,” “So Sad About Us,” and the band’s mini-opera “A Quick One While He’s Away,” which was an early staple on the tour.

Pete Townshend told us a while back that a prolonged string of residencies would be the ideal situation for the Who at this stage of the game: “I’ve no idea where would be right for it. I would like very much to do what we call ‘sit downs’ — y’know, to go into a city and spend a couple of weeks. The problem is that Roger can’t do more than two shows in a row. So this means, y’know, that we can’t really lock out a theater because we will be paying for dead time all the time. The two days on you would lose the money on day three. So we have to tour it. And I would much prefer to just sit in a city and get to know the local restaurants and have an easy time. But I think, y’know, touring is what we do, so we can do it, I’m sure it’ll be fine.”

February 27 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
March 1 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
March 3 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
March 7 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
March 10 – Chicago, IL – United Center
March 12 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
March 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
March 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
March 19 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
March 21 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
March 24 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
March 26 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
March 29 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
April 26 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
April 29 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
May 1 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
May 4 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
May 6 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
May 8 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
May 10 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
May 13 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
May 15 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena At Seattle Center
May 17 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
May 19 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
May 22 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
May 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
May 27 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
May 29 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum At Caesars Palace

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond

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