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The Who Tour 2006–2007
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Tour by The Who
Associated album Endless Wire
Start date 7 June 2006
End date 6 October 2007
Legs 4
Shows 112
The Who concert chronology
The Who 2005 performances
(2005)
The Who Tour 2006–2007
(2006–2007)
The Who Tour 2008–2009
(2008–2009)

The Who Tour 2006–2007 was The Who's first worldwide concert tour since 1997, supporting their Endless Wire album.

History[edit]

In December 2005, Rolling Stone magazine announced that The Who would be touring in the summer of 2006, visiting Australia, Canada, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In advance of their new Endless Wire album release, the band embarked on a 24-date European tour followed by their first world tour, their first shows since their 2004 tours and brief performance at Live 8 in 2005. Members of the group's 2002 and 2004 line-up remained, namely Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend but also including keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick (due to the illness of his wife, replaced on 25 shows over two legs of the tour by his keyboard tech, Brian Kehew), bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Zak Starkey and guitarist/backup vocalist Simon Townshend. Opening acts featured on the worldwide tour included The Casbah Club, Peeping Tom, moe., Inward Eye, Rose Hill Drive, The Pretenders, and The Tragically Hip.

It was announced at short notice that the opening gig of the tour would be at the Leeds University Refectory on 17 June, the same venue at which the band recorded the Live at Leeds album in 1970. Tickets to this particular show were sold in person only from the Leeds University Union, with sales limited to two tickets per person.[1] Before the concert Daltrey and Townshend unveiled a blue plaque to commemorate the recording of Live at Leeds at the same venue 36 years before. The show was so greatly anticipated that the BBC covered the story, both on the day of the concert and the day after, including interviews with audience members as they were leaving the performance.[2][3]

In July, the group played a number of music festivals around the UK, including the second day of Hyde Park Calling, a concert to celebrate the twenty year anniversary of the Hard Rock Cafe, on 2 July, Oxegen in Ireland on 8 July, and T in the Park in Scotland on 9 July. When The Who performed at Hyde Park Calling, the presenters of the BBC TV program Top Gear joined the band as roadies to test vans. The episode was broadcast on 30 July 2006.

Shows from the entire European tour were broadcast online at thewholive.tv. Video streaming company Streaming Tank were in charge of broadcasting the concerts, headed up by the technical team for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. This was the first attempt by any band to broadcast entire shows via the Internet since the Pixelon-sponsored "Vegas Job" (later released on DVD as The Vegas Job) in October 1999, which had been the band's first attempt at live broadcasting over the internet. Most of the European shows were preceded in the broadcast by an episode of the web TV program, In The Attic, presented by Rachel Fuller and Mikey Cuthbert. At festivals such as the O2 Festival in Leeds, the opening artists for The Who appeared as guests on the show once they came off stage.

On 12 September, The band opened the first leg of the North American tour in Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center, then later appeared at the BBC's Electric Proms and on the Parkinson before returning to the United States. The second North American leg concluded in Columbus, Ohio on 11 December.

The group spent most of the first half of 2007 touring again, starting with a return trip to North America that began on 23 February in Reno, Nevada and ended on 26 March in Hollywood, Florida, followed by the band's Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 31 March. An extensive trip through various parts of the United Kingdom and Europe began in Lisbon, Portugal on 16 May and concluded in Helsinki, Finland on 9 July. The band also did a one-off show on 6 October at Messegelände in Hanover, Germany to celebrate the International Volkswagen Minibus Meeting.

The 2006–2007 tours were financially successful and well received by fans and critics alike, with only a couple of minor setbacks. One such incident occurred on 8 December 2006 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, when Daltrey's voice gave out near the end of a performance. Daltrey had apologised to the audience earlier in the concert, saying that he was suffering from bronchitis.[4] On 13 March 2007 the band came on stage as usual in Tampa, Florida but abruptly ended the show moments into the opening number when it became painfully clear that Daltrey was unable to sing at all. Townshend stopped the band and apologised, saying they wanted to at least "give it a go" despite Daltrey being seriously ill with an upper respiratory infection. The band's manager Bill Curbishley quickly rescheduled the show, which was successfully performed on 25 March. Dates in Mexico City and San Antonio, Texas were also postponed, but the band ultimately chose to cancel them instead. The Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts in London had been scheduled only five days after the final US show in Hollywood, Florida.[5] Another incident occurred in Verona, Italy, on 11 June 2007: a massive rainstorm forced the band to stop the concert after only five songs, and when they came back on stage over an hour later, Daltrey found himself unable to sing and left midsong.[6] Townshend announced the show was cancelled, but ferocious booing from the rain-soaked crowd persuaded the band to return to the stage 40 minutes later to play the rest of the set, this time with Pete doing most of the vocals and a raucous and visibly frustrated Daltrey singing just a verse here and there when his voice permitted, giving all he could in the final "Won't Get Fooled Again".[7]

Live releases[edit]

Live material from 2006–2007 has appeared on the following releases:

Band members[edit]

Additional Members

Typical set lists[edit]

2006 UK/Europe Leg[edit]

This particular leg of the tour lasted from 7 June 2006 in Hertfordshire until 29 July 2006 in Zaragoza, Spain. This set list is typical for the shows on this tour, and the first live performances of certain songs from Endless Wire, such as the mini-opera "Wire & Glass" and "Mike Post Theme". This particular set is taken from a concert at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo, Monaco on 15 July 2006. All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "The Seeker"
  3. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Roger Daltrey and Townshend)
  4. "Who Are You"
  5. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  6. "Real Good Looking Boy" (Townshend, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti and George David Weiss)
  7. "Let's See Action" (only on certain dates)
  8. "Mike Post Theme" (not on 7 June; and 8 July.)
  9. "Baba O'Riley"
  10. "Naked Eye" (only on certain dates)
  11. "Magic Bus" (only performance of the year)
  12. "The Relay" (only on certain dates)
  13. "My Generation" (not played on 7, 17, 18 & 25 June; and 13 July.)
  14. "Old Red Wine" (not on certain dates)
  15. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Encore

  1. "Substitute"
  2. "Pinball Wizard"
  3. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  4. "See Me, Feel Me"

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. "Old Red Wine" was not performed at all the shows, and was sometimes attached to the end of "Won't Get Fooled Again" or "See Me, Feel Me". Three of the first four shows had the Tommy medley played as the regular set ender with "Won't Get Fooled Again" moving to the encore. Here is a list of the rest of the songs performed on the tour but not on the above list:

  • "The Kids Are Alright"
    • Performed on 7, 18 (as encore), 25, 28 & 30 June; and 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, 27 & 29 July.
  • "Sound Round"
    • Performed on 17, 18 & 25 June.
  • "Pick Up the Peace"
    • Performed on 17, 18 & 25 June.
  • "Endless Wire"
    • Performed on 17, 18 & 25 June; and 12 July.
  • "We Got a Hit"
    • Performed on 17, 18 & 25 June.
  • "They Made My Dream Come True"
    • Performed on 17, 18 & 25 June.
  • "Mirror Door"
    • Performed on 17, 18 & 25 June.
  • "Eminence Front"
    • Performed on 17 June.
  • "Cry If You Want" (either full song or jam version)
    • Performed on 17, 18 & 25 June; and 27 & 29 July
  • "Bargain"
    • Performed on 28 & 30 June and 2 & 3 July
  • "Love, Reign o'er Me"
    • Performed on 28 & 30 June and 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 20, 22, 27 & 29 July.
  • "I'm One"
    • Performed on 30 June.
  • "You Better You Bet"
    • Performed on 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 23, 27 & 29 July.
  • "Greyhound Girl" (Pete Townshend solo song)
    • Performed on 14 & 17 July
  • "Drowned" (acoustic)
    • Performed on 18 & 25 June and 2, 6, 18, 27 & 29 July.

2006 US/Canada Leg[edit]

This particular leg of the tour lasted from 12 September 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until 11 December 2006 in Columbus, Ohio This particular set is taken from a concert at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 12 September 2006. All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "The Seeker"
  3. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Roger Daltrey and Townshend)
  4. "Baba O'Riley"
  5. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  6. "Real Good Looking Boy" (Townshend, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti and George David Weiss)
  7. "Sound Round"
  8. "Pick Up the Peace"
  9. "Unholy Trinity" (on 12 & 13 September and 5 October only.)
  10. "Endless Wire"
  11. "We Got a Hit"
  12. "They Made My Dream Come True"
  13. "Mirror Door"
  14. "The Relay"
  15. "You Better You Bet"
  16. "Who Are You"
  17. "A Man in a Purple Dress"
  18. "Black Widow's Eyes"
  19. "Fragments" (Lawrence Ball and Townshend)
  20. "My Generation"
  21. "Cry If You Want"
  22. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Encore

  1. "Substitute"
  2. "Pinball Wizard"
  3. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  4. "See Me, Feel Me"
  5. "Tea & Theatre"

By the time the band reached the second leg of this tour, on November, they switched the order of a few songs, added some and dropped some as well. This particular set is taken from a concert at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 25 November 2006. All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "The Seeker"
  3. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Roger Daltrey and Townshend) or "Substitute"*
  4. "Fragments" (Lawrence Ball and Townshend)
  5. "Who Are You"
  6. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  7. "Sound Round"
  8. "Pick Up the Peace"
  9. "Endless Wire"
  10. "We Got a Hit"
  11. "They Made My Dream Come True"
  12. "Mirror Door"
  13. "Baba O'Riley"
  14. "Eminence Front"
  15. "A Man in a Purple Dress"
  16. "Mike Post Theme"
  17. "You Better You Bet"
  18. "My Generation"
  19. "Cry If You Want"
  20. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Encore

  1. "Pinball Wizard"
  2. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  3. "See Me, Feel Me"
  4. "Tea & Theatre"

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. "Black Widow's Eyes" was sometimes inserted between "A Man in a Purple Dress" and "Mike Post Theme". Also, at a concert in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the traditional encore was skipped and a medley of "My Generation", "Cry If You Want" and "Naked Eye" was played because singer Roger Daltrey left the stage due to voice problems. Here is a list of the rest of the songs performed on the tour but not on the above lists:

  • "Naked Eye"
    • Performed on 21 September; and 8 December (with Townshend on vocals) & 11th (loosely).
  • "Bargain"
    • Performed (loosely; with Townshend on vocals) on 25 September.
  • "My Generation Blues"
    • Performed (loosely; with Townshend on vocals) on 25 September.
  • "Old Red Wine"
    • Performed in certain "My Generation" jams.
  • "Overture"
    • Performed (loosely) during "Sparks" on 5 November

*The band switched between these two songs during the second leg of the tour.

2007 US Leg[edit]

This particular leg of the tour lasted from 23 February 2007 in Reno, Nevada until 26 March 2007 in Hollywood, Florida. This particular set is taken from a concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on 8 March 2007. All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "The Seeker"
  3. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Roger Daltrey and Townshend)
  4. "Fragments" (Lawrence Ball and Townshend)
  5. "Who Are You"
  6. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  7. "Real Good Looking Boy" (Townshend, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti and George David Weiss)
  8. "Sound Round"
  9. "Pick Up the Peace"
  10. "Endless Wire"
  11. "We Got a Hit"
  12. "They Made My Dream Come True"
  13. "Mirror Door"
  14. "Baba O'Riley"
  15. "Eminence Front"
  16. "A Man in a Purple Dress"
  17. "Black Widow's Eyes"
  18. "You Better You Bet"
  19. "My Generation"
  20. "Cry If You Want"
  21. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Encore

  1. "Pinball Wizard"
  2. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  3. "See Me, Feel Me"
  4. "Tea & Theatre"

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. "Mike Post Theme" was played at the first concert in Reno on 23 February 2007. At the same concert, "The Relay" was substituted for "You Better You Bet", the only occurrence of that on this particular leg of the tour. Also, at three concerts (23, 25 and 26 March), a combination of "The Kids Are Alright" and "Substitute" was performed instead of the mini-opera. Here is a list of the rest of the songs performed on the tour but not on the above list:

  • "The Relay"
    • Performed on 23 February.
  • "Mike Post Theme"
    • Performed on 23 February.
  • "Naked Eye"
    • Performed on 26 (as encore) & 28 (as encore) February; and 5 (as encore), 8 (as encore) & 23 March.
  • "The Kids Are Alright"
    • Performed on 23, 25 & 26 March.
  • "Substitute"
    • Performed on 23, 25 & 26 March.
  • "Dirty Water" (Pete Townshend solo song)
    • Performed (briefly) on 23 March.
  • "Ring of Fire" (Johnny Cash)
    • Performed on 23 March.

2007 UK/Europe Leg[edit]

This particular leg of the tour lasted from 16 May 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal until 9 July 2007 in Helsinki, Finland (with an additional concert on 6 October 2007 in Hannover, Germany for a VW Bus Convention). This particular set is taken from a concert at the Atlantico Pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal on 16 May 2007. All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "The Seeker"
  3. "The Real Me" (only concert with this as the 3rd song)
  4. "Fragments" (Lawrence Ball and Townshend)
  5. "Who Are You"
  6. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  7. "Sound Round"
  8. "Pick Up the Peace"
  9. "Endless Wire"
  10. "We Got a Hit"
  11. "They Made My Dream Come True"
  12. "Mirror Door"
  13. "Baba O'Riley"
  14. "Eminence Front"
  15. "Drowned"
  16. "A Man in a Purple Dress"
  17. "5.15" (from 16 to 22 May only)
  18. "My Generation"
  19. "Cry If You Want" (not on certain dates)
  20. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Encore

  1. "The Kids Are Alright"
  2. "Pinball Wizard"
  3. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  4. "See Me, Feel Me"
  5. "Tea & Theatre"

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. The third song slot alternated between "The Real Me", "Substitute", "The Relay" and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere". At certain shows, the mini-opera was dropped as well. Here is a list of the rest of the songs performed on the tour but not on the above list:

  • "Mike Post Theme"
    • Performed on 8 February; and 17, 22 & 23 May.
  • "You Better You Bet"
    • Performed on 31 March; and 25, 26 & 30 May; and 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29 & 30 June; and 4, 6, 7 & 9 July; and 6 October.
  • "The Relay"
    • Performed on 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26 & 30 May; and 1, 8, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24 & 29 June; and 4 & 9 July and 6 October.
  • "I'm One"
    • Performed on 23 May.
  • "Real Good Looking Boy" (Townshend, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti and George David Weiss)
    • Performed on 23 & 25 May and 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16, 18, 19, 23, 26, 27, 29 & 30 June; and 6 & 9 July
  • "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Roger Daltrey and Townshend)
    • Performed on 1, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29 & 30 June; and 4, 6 & 7 July; and 6 October.
  • "Magic Bus"
    • Performed on 11 June; and 7 July; and 6 October.
  • "Let's See Action"
    • Performed on 11 June.
  • "Old Red Wine"
    • Performed on 11 June and other dates.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
7 June 2006 Hertfordshire England Knebworth House
17 June 2006 Leeds Leeds University
18 June 2006 Brighton Brighton Centre
25 June 2006 Leeds O2 Wireless Festival
28 June 2006 Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
30 June 2006 Werchter Rock Werchter
2 July 2006 London Hyde Park
3 July 2006 Hampshire Beaulieu Motor Museum
5 July 2006 Liverpool Liverpool Docks
6 July 2006
8 July 2006 Naas Ireland Oxygen Festival
9 July 2006 Balado Scotland T in the Park (wrongly labelled 'Glasgow' on the Encore CD)
11 July 2006 Bonn Germany Museumplatz
12 July 2006 Berlin Treptower Park
13 July 2006 Fritz Club
14 July 2006 Locarno Switzerland Piazza Grande
15 July 2006 Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Etoiles
17 July 2006 Vienne France Theatre Antique
18 July 2006 Metz Galaxie Amnéville
20 July 2006 Nyon Switzerland Paléo Festival
22 July 2006 Sankt Pölten Austria Lovely Days Festival
23 July 2006 Ulm Germany Münsterplatz
27 July 2006 Madrid Spain Palacio de los Deportes
29 July 2006 Zaragoza Pabellón Principe Felipe
29 October 2006 Chalk Farm England The Roundhouse
North America
12 September 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States Wachovia Center
13 September 2006 Wantagh, New York Jones Beach
15 September 2006 Ottawa, Ontario Canada Scotiabank Place
16 September 2006 Boston, Massachusetts United States TD Banknorth Garden
18 September 2006 New York City Madison Square Garden
19 September 2006
21 September 2006 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center
23 September 2006 Baltimore, Maryland Pimlico Race Course
25 September 2006 Chicago, Illinois United Center
26 September 2006 Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Center
29 September 2006 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
30 September 2006 London, Ontario Canada John Labatt Centre
3 October 2006 Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Centre
5 October 2006 Calgary, Alberta Pengrowth Saddledome
6 October 2006 Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place
8 October 2006 Vancouver, British Columbia General Motors Place
10 October 2006 Portland, Oregon United States Rose Garden
11 October 2006 Seattle, Washington KeyArena
4 November 2006 Los Angeles, California Hollywood Bowl
5 November 2006
8 November 2006 San Jose, California HP Pavilion
10 November 2006 Paradise, Nevada Mandalay Bay
11 November 2006 Indian Wells, California Indian Wells Tennis Garden
13 November 2006 Salt Lake City, Utah Delta Center
14 November 2006 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center
17 November 2006 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center
18 November 2006 Houston, Texas Toyota Center
20 November 2006 Sunrise, Florida Bank Atlantic Arena
22 November 2006 Duluth, Georgia Gwinnett Center
24 November 2006 Atlantic City, New Jersey The Borgata
25 November 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center
27 November 2006 Hershey, Pennsylvania Giant Center
28 November 2006 Bridgeport, Connecticut Arena at Harbor Yard
1 December 2006 Uncasville, Connecticut Mohegan Sun
2 December 2006 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden
4 December 2006 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
5 December 2006 Grand Rapids, Michigan United States Van Andel Arena
7 December 2006 Omaha, Nebraska QWest Center
8 December 2006 Saint Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center
11 December 2006 Columbus, Ohio Value City Arena
Europe
8 February 2007 London England The Hospital
North America
23 February 2007 Reno, Nevada United States Reno Events Center
25 February 2007 Fresno, California Save Mart Center
26 February 2007 Long Beach, California Civic Center
28 February 2007 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center
1 March 2007 San Diego, California iPayOne Center
5 March 2007 Hoffman Estates, Illinois Sears Centre
6 March 2007 Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse
8 March 2007 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
9 March 2007 Atlantic City, New Jersey The Borgata
11 March 2007 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
22 March 2007 North Little Rock, Arkansas Alltel Arena
23 March 2007 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Ford Center
25 March 2007 Tampa, Florida Ford Amphitheater
26 March 2007 Hollywood, Florida Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Europe
31 March 2007 London England Royal Albert Hall
16 May 2007 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
17 May 2007 Madrid Spain Palacio de los Deportes
19 May 2007 Bilbao Bizkaia Arena
22 May 2007 Birmingham England National Indoor Arena
23 May 2007 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
25 May 2007 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
26 May 2007 Hull KC Stadium
30 May 2007 Peel Peel Bay Festival
1 June 2007 Swansea Wales Liberty Stadium
2 June 2007 Southampton England Rose Bowl
5 June 2007 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
6 June 2007 Paris France Bercy Arena
8 June 2007 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
9 June 2007 Fulda Germany Messe Galerie
11 June 2007 Verona Italy Arena di Verona
13 June 2007 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
16 June 2007 Leipzig Völkerschlachtdenkmal
18 June 2007 Hamburg Stadtpark
19 June 2007 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
23 June 2007 Cheshire England Knowsley Hall
24 June 2007 Glastonbury Glastonbury Festival
26 June 2007 London Wembley Arena
27 June 2007
29 June 2007 Dublin Ireland Marley Park
30 June 2007 Cork Marquee
4 July 2007 Kristiansand Norway Quart Festival
6 July 2007 Stockholm Sweden Globe Arena
7 July 2007 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
9 July 2007 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
2007 International Volkswagen Minibus Meeting
6 October 2007 Hanover Germany Messegelände

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