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The Who are back on the road. In addition to Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the touring lineup features Ringo Starr's son, drummer Zak Starkey and Townshend's younger brother, guitarist Simon Townshend -- both of whom began performing with the band during its 1996/1997 Quadrophenia revival. Also on board for the dates are keyboardists Frank Simes, John Corey, and Loren Gold -- with Daltrey band bassist Jon Button replacing 15-year-veteran Pino Palladino, who's out touring with John Mayer this year.

The band is essentially playing a straight ahead greatest hits show this time around with a blistering set featuring such iconic singles as "I Can't Explain," "The Seeker," "I Can See For Miles," "Join Together," "Eminence Front," and "You Better You Bet" fitting snugly between major blocks from the band's classic works -- Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophenia.

Wherever the Who plays, a large percentage of concert goers are die-hard fans -- and many of them, multi-show attendees of any given tour. Although the Who has always had a far deeper relationship with their core fan base over the years than the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or Led Zeppelin, Pete Townshend admits that at times it can be overwhelming: "It's not always that good to have fans that are that caught up in you, but every band has it -- I'm sure they do. The difference for the Who, may be, is that we never had that purely, kind of teenybopper female following. And, y'know, I'm very chauvinistic about this -- sexist about it in a sense -- but, when you see the way young girls operate as fans, they will move from band to band and artifact to artifact, until they find a man and grow up and have a family and start listening to Frank Sinatra, or whatever it is that they do (laughs).”

On Wednesday, July 19th, the Who will appear on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The Who's tour opening setlist on July 13th in Quebec City:

"I Can't Explain"
"The Seeker"
"Who Are You"
"The Kids Are Alright
"I Can See for Miles"
"My Generation"
"Behind Blue Eyes"
"Join Together"
"You Better You Bet"
"I'm One"
"The Rock"
"Love, Reign O'er Me"
"Eminence Front"
"Amazing Journey/Sparks"
"Pinball Wizard"
"See Me, Feel Me"


"Baba O'Riley"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"

The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):

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 

Side Notes:

Out now is the Who's fourth and final vinyl box set -- Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015. The new box follows the band's past collections which chronicled their releases on the Brunswick, Reaction, and Track labels, brings the band's singles up through the Who's most recent release, 2015's "Be Lucky."
Volume 4 "contains 15 seven-inch singles from the group's Polydor Records era and is pressed on heavyweight vinyl with card picture sleeves reproducing the period graphics on the front and the back.”

The set features such classic hits as "Squeeze Box," "Long Live Rock," "5:15," "Who Are You," "You Better You Bet," "Athena," and the band's 2006 comeback EP "Wire & Glass." A special treat for diehards is the live recording of "Eminence Front," which was slated for release in the UK in 1982 -- and even got as far as having sleeves printed -- but was scrapped at the last minute.

The collection comes with a "rigid lid-and-tray outer box and a 20-page color booklet (and) uses the picture sleeves reproducing the period graphics for each single.”

The track-listing to the Who's Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015 is:

"Listening To You/See Me, Feel Me" b/w "Overture"
"Squeeze Box" b/w "Success Story"
"Who Are You" b/w "Had Enough"
"Long Live Rock" b/w "I'm The Face", "My Wife" (Live)
"5:15" b/w "I'm One"
"You Better You Bet" b/w "The Quiet One"
"Don't Let Go The Coat" b/w "You"
"Athena" b/w "A Man Is A Man"
"Eminence Front" b/w "It's Your Turn"
"Twist And Shout" (Live) b/w "I Can't Explain" (Live)
"Won't Get Fooled Again" b/w "Bony Moronie" (Live at Young Vic)
"Join Together" (Live) b/w "I Can See For Miles" (Live), "Behind Blue Eyes" (Live)
"Real Good-Looking Boy" b/w "Old Red Wine"
WIRE & GLASS (EP): "Sound Round/Pick Up The Peace/Endless Wire/We Got A Hit/They Made My Dream Come True/Mirror Door"
"Be Lucky" b/w "I Can't Explain" (remixed)

Check it out: The Who in concert on March 26, 2016 at Scottrade Center

The Who Hits 50!: March 26, 2016

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The Who Hits 50! Tour live at Scottrade Center on March 26, 2016

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