The Who Plan Rare World Tour
Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:22:14
On September 12th, The Who -- well, what's left of The Who -- will kick off a rare world tour in Philadelphia, winding themselves through North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. It is the first tour of this grand global scale in nearly a quarter century for the classic rock icons. Not coincidentally, the band also has a new album, Wire and Glass, slated for release in October.
"I don't think I've ever looked forward to a tour as much as this one," Pete Townshend gushed. "Roger [Daltrey] and I are both fit and well, ready to rock."
That's not all that Townshend is excited about, either. "I am being told every day that I look well," he said. "I am also being told that I am handsome. If you go back and read the reports of The Who on stage over the 40 years we have performed, you will rarely see me described as handsome. I hit 60 and suddenly it happens."
If that's not enough to entice fans to purchase pricey tickets, singer Roger Daltrey had a bigger carrot to dangle: The Who are planning to dust off some rare tracks from the archives that haven't seen life in many years. The hits will be in abundance, too, and they have plenty to choose from, including "Baba O'Riley," "I Can See For Miles," "My Generation," and "Who Are You" (a.k.a. "that CSI song").
Surviving members Townshend and Daltrey -- bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon are deceased -- will be joined on the tour by drummer Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr's son), guitarist Simon Townshend (Pete's younger brother), bassist Pino Palladino, and longtime touring keyboarist John "Rabbit" Bundrick.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff