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One of the greatest live bands of all time, The Who will take to the Great Oak Stage in London’s iconic Hyde Park on Friday 26th June for their final 'Who Hits 50' UK show. The legendary rockers will be joined on the bill by very special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr. As well as these must-see performers, the all-day bill will feature many more brilliant acts who owe an artistic debt to one of the most influential of all British bands, The Who.
THE WHO 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR THIS AUTUMN
Won’t Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Baba O’Riley, Who Are You, I Can’t Explain, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes and many more
2014 sees THE WHO, one of rock’s legendary and defining bands celebrate 50 YEARS OF MAXIMUM R+B.
The WHO HITS 50 UK tour will see the band take their audience on an ‘Amazing Journey’ through their entire career from the days of THE HIGH NUMBERS to classic albums such as WHO’S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION, LIVE AT LEEDS up to the present day.
The show which PETE TOWNSHEND describes as ‘Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses’ will see the band play all the classic anthems as well as tackling deeper cuts from their catalogue.
On the tour announcement, ROGER DALTREY said, “This is the beginning of the long goodbye."
PETE TOWNSHEND commented, “Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big Woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only thirty-seven".
WHO HITS 50 will not only celebrate the fantastic contribution The Who have made to our musical heritage but also their remarkable contribution to youth culture old and new.
THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964, they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the centre with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. As they enter their 50th year the band is still going strong winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013.
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