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The Who Gearing Up For Major Southern Run

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Although hardcore working cites like Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, and Pittsburgh, have long been the cornerstones of each and every Who tour; this time around Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are spending their first month on the road hitting key Southern states. The band opens its 50th anniversary North American tour tomorrow night (April 15th) with the first of three Florida gigs, starting at Tampa, Florida’s Amalie Arena, with dates on the books for Austin, Houston, and Dallas, Texas; Duluth, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; Louisville, Kentucky; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Amazingly, the Nashville show on May 11th at Bridgestone Arena only marks the Who’s third concert in the city, having last hit the venue on December 2nd, 2012 during the band’s Quadrophenia & More Tour. Before that — believe it or not — the last time the Who played Nashville was on July 28th, 1968, when the band performed a devastating set at Municipal Auditorium.

Returning to the Who’s setlists this time out is “Magic Bus” — a tune that has long been a crowd favorite over the years, but has only been played about two dozen times over the past decade. Pete Townshend shed light on the track, which he wrote in 1965, demoed in 1966, and recorded with the Who in 1968: “‘Magic Bus’ wasn’t really about anything. It was one of those songs that I made in my studio at home when I was just enjoying myself, and gilt a Bo Diddley riff going, banged a few claves together and tried to think of something to sing and made it up at the spur of the moment. And it became one of those songs — because it was a real sing-along — became and absolute live Who classic. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve stood there about to launch into, y’know, a serious love ballad, when somebody shouted out ‘Play ‘Magic Bus!!!’”

September 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
September 23 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
September 25 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
September 27 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena At Seattle Center
September 29 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
October 1 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
October 3 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
October 6 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Sports Centre
October 8 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
October 10 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
October 13 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
October 15 – Chicago, IL – United Center
October 17 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
October 19, 21 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
October 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
October 25 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
October 27 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
October 29 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
November 11 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

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