Monday, November 17, 2014

The Who to close 50th anniversary UK tour at London’s Hyde Park

The Who will close out their 50th anniversary UK tour with a headlining show at London’s Hyde Park next summer.

The June 26 event will see the band joined by Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr, with other acts to be announced.

“It’s a good gig,” says guitarist Pete Townshend. “You draw from all over the country but a London crowd is always a good crowd”

“I remember doing it (1996) with an eye patch holding my eye in when we did Quadrophenia, that was a nightmare,” added singer Roger Daltrey. “We had a quarter of a million people coming the next day and I've got a fractured cheekbone. How we did that show I'll never know.”

The Who Fan Club presale starts Monday, November 17 at 9am, with general public tickets going on sale Thursday, November 20 at 9am.

The Hyde Park news comes as the band are set to launch “The Who Hits 50!” run with a 10-date UK tour starting November 30 in Glasgow, Scotland; shows will wrap up December 17 at the 02 in London.

The group will launch a series of North America dates in Tampa, Florida on April 15.

“The Who Hits 50!” will see the group present an overview of their career, from The High Numbers to today.

The show, which Townshend describes as ‘hits, picks, mixes and misses’, will see the band play all the classic anthems as well as deeper cuts from their extensive catalogue.

See also:

VIDEO: The Who preview 50th anniversary farewell tour
The Who announce North American farewell tour
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AUDIO: Roger Daltrey previews Helter Skelter from McCartney tribute
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