The Who is returning to the stage in 2015 to celebrate its 50th anniversary! The “Who Hits 50!” tour will consist of two legs. The first begins in mid-April and runs until the end of May, while the second begins in mid-September and runs until the beginning of November. Don’t miss out on your chance to help the iconic band celebrate a half-century of trend-setting music. Find The Who tickets below, as well as upcoming tour dates.
The Who are one of the most influential rock bands of the early rock era. Their legacy includes an impact on a number of later bands, including U2 and Queen, as well as influence on the power pop and Punk genres. They also popularized the rock opera.
Formed in 1964 with a lineup of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon, the band quickly gained popularity with their 1965 debut album My Generation. Four years later The Who had one of their most successful periods to date with the release of Tommy, the first rock opera to be labeled as such. It, along with their appearance at Woodstock and the 1971 release of Who’s Next, which included the now-classic singles “Baba O’Reilly” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” gave The Who a global fanbase.
The 1970s was the band’s most fruitful period, with major touring success, as well as solid releases in Quadrophenia (1973), their second rock opera; The Who by Numbers (1975); and a return to multiple platinum status with 1978’s Who Are You, which spawned a major hit in the title single “Who Are You.” However, tragedy struck with the death of drummer Moon, three weeks after the release of the album.
The band powered on, with Faces drummer Kenny Jones joining the band for Face Dances (1981) and It’s Hard (1982). Both were commercially successful, if slightly controversial among fans due to a different sound compared to past albums. However, by 1982, Townshend was suffering from an addiction to heroin, and the band decided to stop touring after one final “farewell” run. Townshend’s condition was such that the band was effectively inactive for most of the 1980s and 1990s, except for a few reunion performances, notably Live Aid in 1985.
The remaining members finally reunited for a major tour in 1996 and 1997. Two years later they joined up again for several performances, the success of which led to their 2000 U.S. and U.K. tours. In early 2002 they joined together once more for five shows, which were their last with Entwistle before his death that June. Now a two-member band, Daltrey and Townshend continued onto the U.S. later that year. In 2006 the band released Endless Wire, their first studio album since 1982. A major tour followed thereafter. Besides a brief run in 2008, it would be the last until the 2012/13 North American Tour.