Last year, Roger Daltrey said that The Who would return to the stage in April of 2022, and he wasn’t lying. The band has announced The Who Hits Back! Tour for North America, kicking off April 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The spring leg of the tour wraps May 28 in Bethel, New York, and the fall leg gets underway October 2 in Toronto. Those dates are scheduled through two shows in Las Vegas on November 4 and 5. In May, for the first time in 43 years, the band will perform in Cincinnati, the site of the 1979 incident in which 11 people were killed when fans rushed the doors of the Riverfront Coliseum ahead of The Who’s show there.
Playing alongside Roger and founding guitarist Pete Townshend on the tour will be The Who’s full live band — including Zak Starkey on drums, Jon Button on bass and Simon Townshend on guitar and vocals — as well as local orchestras.
In a statement, Daltrey says, “Pete and I said we’d be back, but we didn’t think we’d have to wait for two years for the privilege. 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.”
He adds, “We’re gearing up for a great show that hits back in the only way The Who know how: by giving it everything we’ve got.”
Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 11 at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. The Who Fan Club pre-sale starts Tuesday, February 8, at 10 a.m. local time and runs through Thursday, February 10, at 10 p.m. local time.
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