The Who announce dates for first UK tour in six years

The Who have announced their first UK tour in six years, at which they’re set to perform with a full orchestra each night.

The Who

The group’s tour will take place between 6th and 23rd July, with shows in Hull, Edinburgh, London, Derby, Bristol, Durham, St Helens and Brighton. UB40 featuring Ali Campbell will play as support for each of the shows, aside from the ones at The O2 in London and Edinburgh Castle.

Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their full live band – comprised of guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, second keyboardist Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, and drummer Zak Starkey – will perform tracks from across the band’s near- six decade-long catalogue. 

Parts of the show will be devoted to the group’s classic records Tommy and Quadrophenia, whilst they’ll also play songs from their latest album, 2019’s The Who LP.

Roger Daltrey

Offering the full live band experience, the shows on this tour will also see Keith Levenson as the orchestra conductor, along with lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder.

Speaking about the new plans to get the show on the road, Roger Daltrey has said: “Having not toured the UK for six years, it’s great that at this time of our careers we have the chance to go to places that are not on the usual touring map, Edinburgh Castle and Derby, as well as the other cities across the country that we haven’t been to for decades. It will make this very special for me.” 

Pete Townshend, meanwhile, added: “This opportunity will give our UK Who fans the chance to hear our current show, which, with the addition of an orchestra, takes our music to new heights.”

“Roger initially christened this tour with an orchestra ‘Moving On!’ I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic Who music, all performed in new and exciting ways. Taking risks, nothing to lose. I’m really looking forward to bringing this show to the UK.”

The Who

The full dates for The Who with Orchestra UK tour are as follows:

July 6 – Sewell Group Craven Park, Hull 

July 8 – Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh 

July 9 – Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh 

July 12 – The O2, London 

July 14 – The Incora County Ground, Derby 

July 16 – Badminton Estate, Bristol 

July 19 – Seat Unique Riverside, Durham 

July 21 – Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens July 

23 – The 1st Central County Ground, Brighton

The band are also encouraging fans to add an optional £1 onto their ticket price at point of sale in support of Teenage Cancer Trust – a charity that Daltrey has a strong association with, having been one of the key figures behind the annual Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall series, which began in 2000.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday, February 3.

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