The Who Tour 2002

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The Who Tour 2002
Tour by The Who
Start date 27 January 2002
End date 28 September 2002
Legs 4
No. of shows 32
The Who concert chronology

The Who Tour 2002 was a tour by The Who, partially in support of the DVD The Who & Special Guests: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. It is perhaps known best as the first tour the band did without original bassist John Entwistle, who died the night before the North American tour was to begin; the group decided to complete the tour with the help of bassist Pino Palladino, who has played with them since.


After a single appearance in 2001 at The Concert for New York City in October, The Who began the new year with a series of shows in England that culminated with two charity dates at the Royal Albert Hall in London. As in 2000, these benefited the Teenage Cancer Trust. A full-scale tour of North America was then planned, with Pete Townshend's brother Simon added to the lineup to help with backing vocals and rhythm guitar.

After rehearsals in England, the group travelled to Las Vegas for the first scheduled date, only to have Entwistle's death from a heart attack the night before (27 June) throw the tour and the band itself into question. Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey concluded that the tour should continue and secured the services of Pino Palladino, a seasoned session and live bassist who had worked with Townshend on past solo projects. They contacted him in Philadelphia just as he was planning to travel back to the United Kingdom.

The first two dates were rescheduled and the tour commenced with an emotional show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on 1 July after only two days of rehearsals. The group eventually played 27 dates over four legs, often wearing black and paying tribute to Entwistle. The tour finished at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on 28 September.

"Because of the power of the shows," Townshend wrote on his website, "and their financial success in a slightly depressed marketplace, there are those who conclude that I will naturally continue to perform with Roger under the Who banner. There are those, who perhaps think they know me a better as a grouch, a spoiler, a self-obsessed creative, an insecure and pretentious, self-styled artist, who conclude that now it is all over."[1] Ultimately, however, the band continued to play with this lineup for several years.

Live Releases[edit]

Live material from 2002 has appeared on the following releases:

Tour band[edit]

Additional Members

Typical set lists[edit]

January–February UK Dates[edit]

The set list for the short series of United Kingdom dates early in the year was similar to what was played in 2000, but a longer selection of Tommy material included the first performances of "Amazing Journey", "Sparks", and "I'm Free" since the 1989 tour; the second show in Portsmouth also featured the "Overture" and "It's a Boy". The band also revived cover tunes that had been part of their act years before, namely "Summertime Blues", "Baby Don't You Do It" (not played since 1973), and "Young Man Blues". As these were the last shows the group played with John Entwistle, they were also the last in which they performed "My Wife" and "Boris the Spider".

Here is a fairly typical set list for these shows (all songs written by Pete Townshend unless otherwise specified):

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "Substitute"
  3. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"
  4. "I Don't Even Know Myself" (Added on 31 January)
  5. "Amazing Journey"
  6. "Sparks" (replaced with an instrumental jam on 28 January)
  7. "Pinball Wizard"
  8. "I'm Free"
  9. "My Wife" (John Entwistle)
  10. "Who Are You"
  11. "Getting In Tune" (Added on 31 January)
  12. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  13. "Drowned" (Townshend solo acoustic)
  14. "Baba O'Riley"
  15. "You Better You Bet"
  16. "5.15"
  17. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  18. "The Kids Are Alright"
  19. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  20. "Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison) (Added on 31 January)
  21. "My Generation"

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. Some other songs were played which are not in the above lists:

  • "The Relay"
    • Performed on 28 January and 8 February.
  • "I'm One" (Townshend solo acoustic)
    • Performed on 28 January 7 and 8 February.
  • "Overture"
    • Performed on 28 January.
  • "It's a Boy"
    • Performed on 28 January.
  • "The Real Me"
    • Performed on 31 January.

North American Tour[edit]

The set for the North American tour was modified to include the first performances of "Another Tricky Day" since 1981, along with "Eminence Front" and a Quadrophenia segment now including "Sea and Sand" and "Love, Reign o'er Me". The encore was a Tommy medley, with "See Me, Feel Me" performed regularly for the first time since 1989. The group had rehearsed both "Join Together" and "Music Must Change" before John Entwistle's death, but neither made the set list for the tour. Towards the end of the tour, Townshend further developed the Entwistle tribute song "Old Red Wine" (played at the end of "My Generation"), adding lyrics that would appear when the song was recorded for the Then and Now studio version. There was very little variation in the group's act throughout all four legs of the tour, most likely due to their having a new bass player.

Here is a fairly typical set list for these shows (all songs written by Pete Townshend unless otherwise specified):

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "Substitute"
  3. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"
  4. "Who Are You"
  5. "Another Tricky Day"
  6. "The Relay" (not played on 28 August or 23 September)
  7. "Bargain"
  8. "Baba O'Riley"
  9. "Eminence Front"
  10. "Sea and Sand"
  11. "5.15"
  12. "Love, Reign o'er Me" (performed twice on 24 August)
  13. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  14. "You Better You Bet"
  15. "The Kids Are Alright"
  16. "My Generation" (including "Old Red Wine")
  17. "Won't Get Fooled Again"


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

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. Some other songs were played which are not in the above lists:

  • "I Can See for Miles"
    • Performed on 26 July.
  • "I'm One"
    • Performed on 1, 3, 4, 30 and 31 August; and 14, 15 and 17 September.
  • "I Don't Even Know Myself"
    • Performed on 23 September.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
27 January 2002 Portsmouth England Portsmouth Guildhall
28 January 2002
31 January 2002 Watford Watford Colosseum
7 February 2002 London Royal Albert Hall
8 February 2002
North America – first leg
1 July 2002 Hollywood, California United States Hollywood Bowl
3 July 2002 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
4 July 2002 Wheatland, California Autowest Amphitheater
6 July 2002 George, Washington The Gorge
North America – second leg
26 July 2002 Mansfield, Massachusetts United States Tweeter Center
27 July 2002 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center
29 July 2002 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium
31 July 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden
1 August 2002
3 August 2002
4 August 2002
North America – third leg
23 August 2002 Auburn Hills, Michigan United States The Palace of Auburn Hills
24 August 2002 Tinley Park, Illinois Tweeter Center Chicago
25 August 2002 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center
27 August 2002 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena
28 August 2002 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater
30 August 2002 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center
31 August 2002 Wantagh, New York Jones Beach Amphitheater
North America – Fourth Leg
14 September 2002 Paradise, Nevada United States The Joint
15 September 2002 Irvine, California Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
17 September 2002 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
19 September 2002 Greenwood Village, Colorado Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
21 September 2002 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center
23 September 2002 Chicago House of Blues
24 September 2002 Saint Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center
27 September 2002 Mansfield, Massachusetts Tweeter Center
28 September 2002 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Originally on the now defunct, quoted in "Who's next?"; Classic Rock #48, Christmas 2002, p7