The Who announce tour with Nov. stop at Consol
The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are taking “Quadrophenia” and other Who classics on the road for a U.S. tour this fall, but first they plan what Daltrey calls a great finale for the Olympic Games in London.
“We have recorded a piece of music that is a fabulous ending for the Olympics ... and just shows the great music that has come out of this country. This country has put some fabulous music out into the world,” Daltrey said Wednesday as he sat next to Townshend. Both are British.
The Who’s Olympic performance will be a tuneup of sorts for their American tour, which kicks off Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., and will end in Providence, R.I., on Feb. 26. In includes a Nov. 11 stop at Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh. Tickets go on sale July 27.
The last time they toured the United States was in 2008.
During a wide-ranging video conference, during which they took questions that were sent in ahead of time, the surviving members of the legendary band were asked if they were planning to use holograms, like Dr. Dre did to lifelike effect with the image of Tupac Shakur at Coachella in April, for the late members Brian Moon and John Entwistle.
“I thought about, it but everybody is doing it now,” said Daltrey. “I don’t know whether we need it. And it’s only a gimmick. We were very good on gimmicks in the 70s, but I think we can leave it alone now.”
He also said the band did not plan to have guest singers as they did on their previous tour.