The Who have cancelled their UK tour, which was due to start next Monday (16 March), due to coronavirus fears. North American leg includes band’s first Cincinnati-area show since 1979 and Las Vegas residency
“The April and May stops on The Who’s Moving On! Tour are proactively being rescheduled to the fall/autumn out of an abundance of caution. As soon as we have the dates finalized we’ll share the updated schedule, and all tickets will be honored accordingly. Thank you for your understanding,” the Who’s website posted Friday.
The Who’s out of their upcoming Las Vegas Strip dates, but the legendary rock band says the party will resume this year.
The Who’s six-show series at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May has been scrubbed. The band issued a statement on its official website that the April and May stops on its “Moving On!” tour “are proactively being rescheduled to the fall/autumn out of an abundance of caution.
“As soon as we have the dates finalized we’ll share the updated schedule, and all tickets will be honoured accordingly. Thank you for your understanding. Both Pete and Roger — and the rest of The Who band — cannot wait to get out there and be with you all and share in some great music. Long live rock.”
The tour was meant to start at the Manchester Arena before finishing at Wembley SSE Arena in April. The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year and all tickets will be honoured.
In a statement, a representative of the band said: “The fans’ safety is paramount and given the developing Coronavirus concerns, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows as a precaution.”
Singer Roger Daltrey assures fans that the shows will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic”.Pete Townshend added that the band “haven’t reached this decision easily, but given the concerns about public gatherings, we couldn’t go ahead”.
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During the show, ABC13 Sports reporter Bob Slovak was in the crowd and tweeted frontman Roger Daltrey lost his voice after eight songs.
“I think I should quit while I am ahead,” Daltrey told the audience.
The band took a short break, but a few moments later, guitarist Pete Townshend came back to announce the bad news.
“I am really, really sorry. Roger cannot actually speak now,” Townshend said.
Townshend eventually told the crowd that Daltrey has been seeing a vocal surgeon during the tour. The singer decided he could not continue, so the concert was over.
Townshend promised The Who would come back to Houston. While at the time, they did not know when they would return, a new show was recently announced.
According to the event information on the Toyota Center’s webpage, the show is set for April 30, 2020. All tickets from the postponed September concert will be honored at the new April show.
Fans who cannot make it out to the new show will be issued a refund.
For full details and ticket information visit the Toyota Center’s website.