The Who Hits 50!

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The Who Hits 50!
Tour by The Who
Who Hits 50 Tour.jpg
Associated albumThe Who Hits 50!
Start date23 November 2014
End date29 May 2016
Legs5
No. of shows1 in the Middle East
18 in Europe
49 in North America
69 in Total
The Who concert chronology
The Who live at Manchester Arena in 2014

Billed as The Who Hits 50!, The Who's 2014–16 tour was a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band. Roger Daltrey has referred to this tour as the band's "long goodbye" hinting that it will be the final tour for The Who.[1] The tour consisted of 70 dates with the band performing in Asia, Europe and North America.

In September 2015 the band announced that fall 2015 North American leg was being postponed due to Daltrey contracting viral meningitis and told by doctors to rest. The tour resumed in February 2016 and ended on 29 May 2016.[2]

History[edit]

An announcement about the tour came through the band's website and social media networks on 30 June 2014.[3][4] Pete Townshend described the show as "Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses", for the band would play all their classic anthems as well as tackling deeper cuts from their catalog;[5][6]

In addition to longtime veterans Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, and Simon Townshend, the same backing musicians from the group's previous tour were retained, minus the horn section.

Tour band[edit]

Original members[edit]

Backing musicians[edit]

  • Zak Starkey – drums, percussion
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Simon Townshend – rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Loren Gold – keyboards, backing vocals, percussion, jaw harp
  • Frank Simes - keyboards, backing vocals, percussion, banjo, mandolin
  • John Corey - keyboards, backing vocals, percussion, bass harmonica

The Show[edit]

The tour kicked off with the group's first ever show in the United Arab Emirates, followed by a UK leg. The band included several numbers not included in any recent tours, including the first full performance of "A Quick One (While He's Away)" since 1970 and the first full band appearances of "So Sad About Us" (Townshend and special guest Paul Weller performed it acoustically at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000) since 1967; "Pictures of Lily" and "Join Together" had not been played since 1989. The North American leg, with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts featured as the opening act, kicked off in April 2015. Eddie Vedder joined the band for a performance of "The Real Me" in Chicago. Daltrey suffered a throat infection in September 2015 forcing the band to postpone the 2015 fall North American dates until February 2016. Tal Wilkenfeld was featured as the opening act when the North American tour resumed on 27 February 2016. Pete Townshend was suffering from his own ailments when the band hit Washington, D.C. on 24 March 2016. Townshend was suffering from a cold and losing his voice, so his brother Simon took over his backing vocals. However, he was able to make it through "Pinball Wizard" and "I'm One" despite his rough sounding voice. "Eminence Front", which had been featured in all of the shows, was dropped in favor of the unrehearsed and rarely played "Slip Kid" due to Townshend's hoarse voice. For most of the 2016 tour dates in North America, British band Slydigs performed a four-song opener for The Who, though the band's final North American concert in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace did not feature an opening act.

Set list[edit]

This set list is representative of the performance on 26 May 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets Sold/Available Box Office
Leg 1 — Middle East
23 November 2014 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates duArena
Leg 2 — Europe
30 November 2014 Glasgow Scotland The SSE Hydro 11,356 / 11,356 $1,214,320
2 December 2014 Leeds England First Direct Arena
5 December 2014 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
7 December 2014 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
9 December 2014 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
11 December 2014 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
13 December 2014 Manchester Phones 4u Arena 10,961 / 12,389 $1,185,690
15 December 2014 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
22 March 2015 London England The O2 29,416 / 32,631 $3,160,040
23 March 2015
26 March 2015 Royal Albert Hall
Leg 3 — North America
15 April 2015 Tampa United States Amalie Arena 9,389 / 11,489 $905,569
17 April 2015 Miami American Airlines Arena
19 April 2015 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
21 April 2015 Raleigh PNC Arena
23 April 2015 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center 8,609 / 9,605 $823,017
25 April 2015 New Orleans New Orleans Jazz and Heritage FestivalFair Grounds Race Course [a]
27 April 2015 Austin Frank Erwin Center
29 April 2015 Houston Toyota Center 7,671 / 9,343 $860,080
2 May 2015 Dallas American Airlines Center
5 May 2015 Kansas City Sprint Center
7 May 2015 St. Louis Scottrade Center
9 May 2015 Louisville KFC Yum! Center
11 May 2015 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 8,914 / 8,914 $626,547
13 May 2015 Rosemont Allstate Arena
15 May 2015 Columbus Nationwide Arena
17 May 2015 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 12,383 / 12,383 $1,192,337
20 May 2015 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
22 May 2015 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
24 May 2015 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 7,327 / 7,359 $1,023,826
26 May 2015 Brooklyn Barclays Center 11,800 / 13,536 $1,131,705
30 May 2015 Forest Hills Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Leg 4 — Europe
21 June 2015 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
23 June 2015 Dublin Ireland 3Arena
26 June 2015 London England British Summer TimeHyde Park [b]
28 June 2015 Pilton Glastonbury Festival – Worthy Farm 135,000 [c]
30 June 2015 Paris France Zénith de Paris
2 July 2015 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
13 February 2016 London England The SSE Arena, Wembley
Leg 5 — North America
27 February 2016 Detroit United States Joe Louis Arena 13,468 / 13,468 $1,170,833
1 March 2016 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 9,514 / 10,636 $675,954
3 March 2016 New York City United States Madison Square Garden 14,863 / 14,863 $1,597,504
7 March 2016 Boston TD Garden 13,054 / 13,054 $1,289,318
10 March 2016 Chicago United Center 12,104 / 12,104 $1,254,813
12 March 2016 Louisville KFC Yum! Center 9,326 / 10,002 $747,946
14 March 2016 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 10,375 / 11,220 $969,884
16 March 2016 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center 10,272 / 11,216 $829,134
19 March 2016 Newark Prudential Center 12,648 / 12,648 $1,282,646
21 March 2016 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley Center 10,212 / 10,689 $820,162
24 March 2016 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 11,119 / 12,277 $1,143,938
26 March 2016 St. Louis Scottrade Center 9,515 / 10,316 $800,976
29 March 2016 Denver Pepsi Center 9,508 / 10,562 $732,862
27 April 2016 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 7,716 / 9,042 $694,197
29 April 2016 Kansas City United States Sprint Center 9,823 / 10,160 $881,221
1 May 2016 Minneapolis Target Center 8,212 / 10,031 $743,692
4 May 2016 Winnipeg Canada MTS Centre 6,822 / 7,853 $539,576
6 May 2016 Saskatoon SaskTel Centre 7,308 / 8,138 $632,002
8 May 2016 Edmonton Rexall Place 8,382 / 8,941 $789,407
10 May 2016 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9,472 / 10,630 $805,816
13 May 2016 Vancouver Rogers Arena 11,484 / 12,021 $927,124
15 May 2016 Seattle United States KeyArena 11,863 / 12,099 $1,132,069
17 May 2016 Portland Moda Center 8,777 / 9,208 $837,408
19 May 2016 Oakland Oracle Arena 9,842 / 12,119 $1,055,206
22 May 2016 Anaheim Honda Center 7,971 / 9,017 $866,201
25 May 2016 Los Angeles Staples Center 10,882 / 11,951 $1,184,472
27 May 2016 San Diego Valley View Casino Center 9,709 / 9,876 $848,331
29 May 2016 Las Vegas The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 4,103 / 4,103 $1,092,885
TOTAL 267,907 / 286,163 (94%) $26,531,986

Cancellations and rescheduled shows[edit]

26 November 2014 Dublin, Ireland 3Arena Postponed to 23 June 2015 due to unforeseen logistical difficulties.[7]
17 & 18 December 2014 London, England The O2 Postponed to 22 & 23 March 2015 due to Daltrey's illness[8]
28 & 29 June 2015 Paris, France Le Zénith Cancelled in order for the band to appear at Glastonbury Festival.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 25 April 2015 concert in New Orleans is a part of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
  2. ^ The 26 June 2015 concert in London is a part of British Summer Time.
  3. ^ The 28 June 2015 concert in Pilton is a part of the Glastonbury Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Masters, Tim (30 June 2014). "The Who announce 'long goodbye'". Bbc.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ Reed, Ryan; Reed, Ryan (18 September 2015). "The Who Postpone Entire 'Who Hits 50' Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ thewho.com / Blog / Story / The Who 50th anniversary British and Irish tour this autumn (first access date = 1 July 2014).
  4. ^ "F1: Pharrell Williams, The Who in Abu Dhabi". Gulfnews.com. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  5. ^ "The Who Hits 50!". Thegarden.com. 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ "The Who, Glasgow SECC, review: 'too polite' (by Matthew Magee)". Telegraph.co.uk. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  7. ^ "The Who @ 3Arena – Rescheduled". Dublinconcerts.ie. July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  8. ^ "The Who shows postponed due to Roger Daltrey illness". BBC. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.

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