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The Who adds Connecticut show for July
The Who has just added yet another North American date to their upcoming summer run. The new concert, set for July 20th at Uncasville, Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena, brings the band's total of non-Las Vegas Caesars Palace shows up to seven. Fan club ticket pre-sales begin today (Wednesday, April 19th) at 10:00 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster and ends on Thursday (April 20th) at 10 p.m. local time. The general public on-sale starts on Friday (April 21st) at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Pete Townshend performs a rare solo set tonight (April 19th) at London's Royal Albert Hall for the "Symfunny No. 2" benefit to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s research.
Townshend explained to us, that in a strange way, the Who and its core group of die-hards -- many who have been following the band on the road for decades -- have gotten used to being in it together, in a strange -- but loving way: "Our fanbase has always been predominantly male, but the 20 percent women that are fans are all completely and utterly mad, and I'm comfortable with that. Y'know, I'm mad, and I'm crazy, and I'm obsessive, and I'm compulsive and I love the fact that the people out there seem to be. . . they're like me and they like me and I like them. But that liking, also allows some movement. Sometimes they send me letters that are absolutely awful, and I kind of go, 'Well, 'have to let them have their say.' And sometimes I sit on the stage and tell them what I think. So -- 'goes both ways."
Updated: The Who tour dates (subject to change):
July 13 - Quebec City, Quebec - Festival D'ete de Quebec at Plains Of Abraham
July 16 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC)
July 18 - Oxon Hill, MD - Theater At MGM National Harbor
July 20 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
July 25 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
July 29 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
August 1, 4, 7, 9, 11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
August 16 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
September 23 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Rock In Rio - Rio De Janeiro at Rock City
Recently released is the officially sanctioned career-spanning book on the Who, titled The Who: The Official History. The tome, which is authored by Ben Marshall, is described on the Random House website as: "Featuring personal, never-before-published photographs, fan memorabilia and anecdotes, captions from Pete (Townshend), newly discovered gems from the Who archive, an introduction by legendary Who manager Bill Curbishley and further contributions from friends, colleagues and family, this landmark illustrated book celebrates 50 years of anthemic, era-defining music and an extraordinary career.”