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The Who Kicks Off 50th Anniversary North American Dates Tonight In Tampa

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The Who are Stateside again tonight (April 15th) to kick off the first North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour. The band, led by surviving co-founders Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend hit the ground running at Tampa, Florida’s Amalie Arena, for the first of 21 shows, which constitute the band’s spring leg. After a summer run in Europe, the band is back in North America this fall for an additional 21 dates. Opening for the Who on both North American legs will be 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

Roger Daltrey admitted to us that it only takes a brief amount of warm-up to get himself and the band in shape for a tour: “Who songs I don’t really need to rehearse. I mean, we haven’t got dancers and backing singers, y’know, loads of miming to deal with, so we don’t really need that long. Musicians, good musicians can learn songs quite quickly. I don’t like to over-rehearse, ’cause I find if you over-rehearse, things stop growing on the stage.”

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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