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The Who to Mount “Last Big Tour” in 2015

Russell Hall
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10.31.2013
The Who

The Who are planning to mount a massive tour in 2015—and it will likely be the last such undertaking of their career. “That will be the last big tour,” Roger Daltrey told Rolling Stone, in a just-published interview. “People have read that wrong though. We aren't finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour.”

Daltrey added that the 2015 shows will focus on the band’s best-known songs. “People don't want new stuff,” he said. “The fans might want that, but most people … want to hear what they grew up with. Let's not kid ourselves. We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits. That's a fact. The economics of the road, obviously, demand that you sell a lot of tickets.”

Daltrey did say The Who would find new ways to stage concerts, after 2015. “Maybe that means sitting down in a theater for a couple of weeks,” he said. “That means you travel to one place, but you're stationed there. You aren't touring. It's the touring, the schlepping, that kills you. The music is a joy.”

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