Now that the band has set up and found their basic approach, we bring in lights and staging.
The staging provides risers for our musicians and the orchestras, and the lighting and visual set are impressive. It’s still on a similar scale to the shows we play (stage sizes cannot change much) but with more detail and quality than we usually have.
Pete and Roger are bringing a couple of the deeper gems, rarely-heard (never?) in some cases. Some of these songs also represent those very under-appreciated Who albums rarely seen during live shows of recent decades. Again, no point in talking much about them yet – as our guitar tech Alan Rogan has always said; “In Who World, it will change – then change again – before we get to it.” True words. So we’ll see what songs emerge as the winners by the Tuesday night debut. We’re told there’s too much to deal with, just yet, so other songs may be added as we go through the tour.
With THE WHO tour launching on May 7, an acclaimed lineup of artists has been announced for the slate of coveted special guest spots on the eagerly-anticipated trek.
The rollout of diverse support acts includes some of the most impassioned artists in music, bringing a rousing repertoire of rock, country and bluegrass to audiences on the first leg of the tour.
Confirmed are heavy rockers Dirty Honey, Arkells and Reignwolf; influential blues/rock icon Peter Wolf; cosmic country band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real; soulful singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson; the acclaimed bluegrass outfit The HillBenders and the Canadian indie-pop duo MOON VS SUN (Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk) (see dates/cities below.)
On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.
For WHO fans everywhere, the upcoming tour means only one thing: the world’s most untameable rock band is about to deliver the goods once again.
Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend will be unleashing the combustible force that is The Who and pairing with acclaimed local symphony orchestras each night.
The opportunity to see the iconic band accompanied by some of America’s most renowned orchestras includes both summer and fall dates in 2019. Produced by Live Nation, The Who’s North American MOVING ON! TOUR will bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to 29 cities beginning in May.
The kickoff date is May 7 in Grand Rapids, MI with the band wrapping up the first leg of the tour on June 1 in Toronto, ON. A much-anticipated series of fall dates will launch on September 6 in St. Paul, MN and conclude on October 23 in Edmonton, AB. Tickets are on sale at LiveNation.com.