Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images – Roger Daltrey of The Who
The Who performs in Houston Texas on Sept. 25, 2019
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will regroup again as The Who for a summer arena tour, giving The Rolling Stones a run for their money in the touring longevity category with “The Who Hits Back!” tour, launch April 22 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla., taking the summer off and then winding down Nov. 4-5 at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas.
The Who are hitting most of the cities they were set to play in 2020 with multiple new stops, including shows in New Orleans, LA at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on April 30, and a much-anticipated performance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 26.
After a summer break, The Who will continue in the fall, including stops in Chicago, IL at United Center on October 12, and in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl on November 1. The Who Hits Back! Tour winds down with two shows in Las Vegas, NV on November 4 + 5 at Dolby Live at Park MGM.
The Who’s last tour, enigmatically titled the “Moving On! Tour,” wrapped Oct 21, 2109 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., Canada just in time for a global pandemic to shut down touring a few scant months later. According to Pollstar Boxoffice records, the band averages 11,413 tickets sold per show for an average gross of $1,045,990.
American Express Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning today, Monday, February 7 at 10am local time through Thursday, February 10 at 10pm local time. The Who’s fan club presale starts Wednesday, February 9 at 10am local time and runs through Thursday, February 10 at 10pm local time.
In addition to Townshend and Daltrey, the Who’s band is composed of guitarist/vocalist Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, second keyboardist Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, Drommer Zak Starkey and backing vocals by Billy Nicholls. Along for the ride are orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder.
“Pete and I said we’d be back, but we didn’t think we’d have to wait for two years for the privilege” Daltrey says. “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.”
The Who’s 2019 “Moving On! Tour” brought the band’s iconic brand of rock through 29 cities, including a sold-out show in Boston’s historic Fenway Park, and a memorable Seattle show where Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined them onstage for a rousing version of “The Punk And the Godfather.”
The tour also made another memorable stop at the Hollywood Bowl, where “Daltrey is in peak form, and so is Townshend, lavishing his trademarked windmill guitar motion. On ‘The Rock,’ brother Simon unleashes a wicked solo of his own, and by the time “Love Reign O’er Me” segues into a closing ‘Baba O’Riley,’ it’s a classic The Who concert that certainly doesn’t feel like a farewell, but more the dawn of yet another era for a band still going strong after 55 years. Meet the new boss… same as the old boss. Guess we will get fooled again.”
THE WHO HITS BACK! TOUR DATES
April 22 / Hard Rock Live / Hollywood, FL*
April 24 / VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena / Jacksonville, FL
April 27 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL
April 30 / New Orleans Jazz Festival*
May 3 / Moody Center / Austin, TX
May 5 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
May 8 / the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion / The Woodlands, TX
May 10 / Paycom Center / Oklahoma City, OK
May 13 / FedExForum / Memphis, TN
May 15 / TQL Stadium / Cincinnati, OH
May 18 / TD Garden / Boston, MA
May 20 / Wells Fargo Center / Philadelphia, PA
May 23 / Capital One Arena / Washington, D.C.
May 26 / Madison Square Garden / New York City, NY
May 28 / Bethel Woods Center of the Arts / Bethel, NY
Oct 2 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON
Oct 4 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI
Oct 7 / UBS Arena / Belmont Park, NY
Oct 9 / Schottenstein Center / Columbus, OH
Oct 12 / United Center / Chicago, IL
Oct 14 / Enterprise Center / St. Louis, MO
Oct 17 / Ball Arena / Denver, CO
Oct 20 / Moda Center / Portland, OR
Oct 22 / Climate Pledge Arena / Seattle, WA
Oct 26 / Golden 1 Center / Sacramento, CA
Oct 28 / Honda Center / Anaheim, CA
Nov 1 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Nov 4 + 5 / Dolby Live at Park MGM / Las Vegas, NV
* Not a Live Nation Date