The Who will play their only UK concert of the year on Saturday (July 6th), when Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey bring their new orchestrated show to London’s Wembley Stadium. Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Chiefs wil fill out the day’s bill. The gig is truly a hometown gig for the Who, with the group’s legendary late-drummer Keith Moon having been born in Wembley and raised in the nearby suburb of Alperton.
Although this is the band’s first appearance at the modern structure, the Who played two other iconic shows at Wembley back in the day — firstly on August 19th, 1978 with support from AC/DC, Nils Lofgren, and the Stranglers; following that, the Who took part in the legendary Live Aid concert on July 13th, 1985.
The Who are expected to preview one or two songs at Wembley from their still-untitled studio album due out later this year. We asked Roger Daltrey what shape the album is taking: [“It’s typical Townshend. I mean, he’s still got the bite. He’s still got that knack of creating songs with the earworm that climbs into you. How it’ll sit in the modern market, I don’t know — but I don’t care. I know inside me that it’s good stuff. We would like to get one more track, maybe two (recorded), then let’s see where we are. A good album is finished when a good album is there to be heard; ‘doesn’t matter how many tracks you have, I suppose. I’d like to get to 10, maybe 11 — that’s standard album size isn’t it?”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . size isn’t it)
Pete Townshend can still be expected to hit the stage like a fireball — with some astounding age defining moves to boot; that said, he admitted to us that the windmills and leaps have been toned down with the passage of time: [“There’s no way I could do the kind of running around and leaps and bounds that I used to do as a young man. I was completely driven by then adrenaline and the power of the music. This was something that I couldn’t do forever. So there are a couple of moments when I leap in the air, and unfortunately, those are the moments when I tend to get photographed. So you get these photographs a lot of the time with a grimace as I leap in the air. That’s when ‘Oh, we’re waiting for Pete to leap!’ And then they do this photo.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . do this photo)
IN OTHER WHO NEWS
The Who world is filled with sadness over the loss one of its most respected and beloved members. Pete Townshend‘s longtime guitar tech Alan Rogan has died after a battle with cancer. Rogan was also known for his work over the years with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Graham Nash, and Joe Walsh, among others.
TheWho.com posted: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Alan Rogan, Pete Townshend’s guitar technician and close friend for more than 40 years has passed away. Alan was an essential and hugely respected member of The Who crew for many years and will be sorely missed.”
Pete Townshend posted a photo of the pair together on his official “Yaggerdang” Instagram account, writing: “My guitar tech, friend, saviour and good buddy Alan Rogan. Touring with Rachel Fuller in 2004. R.I.P. He has so many friends who will miss him, and his lovely family have been wonderful.”
Steve Van Zandt tweeted: “RIP Alan Rogan. Last of the classic guitar techs. Miss you already my friend.”
- The Who tour dates (subject to change):
July 6 – London, England – Wembley Stadium
September 6 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
September 8 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 10 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
September 13 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
September 15 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
September 18 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
September 20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
September 22 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
September 25 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
September 27 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
September 29 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
October 11, 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
October 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
October 16 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
October 19 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners
October 21 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
October 23 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
- The Who will perform on Saturday (July 6th) at London’s Wembley Stadium, marking the band’s only UK appearance of 2019.
- Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Chiefs will open tomorrow’s show.
- Out now is Roger Daltrey‘s live album, The Who‘s Tommy Orchestral. The collection was recorded last year in Budapest and Bethel in upstate New York — the scene of the first Woodstock festival 50 years ago, where the Who performed Tommy in its entirety.
- Highlights on the set include “Pinball Wizard,” “Amazing Journey,” “1921,” “Christmas,” “The Acid Queen,” “Sally Simpson,” “I’m Free,” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It / See Me, Feel Me.”