The Who 9/13/19

The Who will return to Boston tonight (September 13th) to perform their first North American stadium show since 1989. Tonight’s show marks the band’s first gig at Fenway Park and is the Who’s 24th concert in Boston proper — having first performed in the city way back on August 8th, 1967 at the Boston Garden. The Who’s last North American stadium gig took place on September 3rd, 1989 at Dallas at Cotton Bowl for the tour closing show of the band’s 25th anniversary reunion tour.

The Who will only play one other ballpark on this leg of its “Moving On!” tour, when on October 19th the band hits Seattle’s T-Mobile Park.

Fans are waiting with baited breath, with insiders — and the band — hinting that today will be the day for the official announcement of the Who’s new studio album. The set, which is expected in mid-November, serves as the Who’s first new collection since the 2006 Endless Wire album.

After Endless Wire enjoyed only a short shelf life in the Top 10 albums chart, minimal radio airplay, and sold below his expectations, Pete Townshend has been hesitant in committing to writing and producing a new Who album. He explained that the days of touring behind a new project hardly ensures that the album will be a commercial success: [“I just think that the Who are an anomaly. We’re an anomaly like the (Rolling) Stones, we’re an anomaly like any ‘boomer’ band — or any band that appeals to boomers. And I think if you’re a new band today, don’t go there. Don’t even bother with it. Because the record companies, y’know if you went to them and you said, ‘We’ve got a great record here, we’ve got a 100,000 fan base and we’re willing to tour the world,’ they kind of go, ‘Are you gonna give us a hit?'”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . us a hit)

  • The Who tour dates (subject to change):
    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, 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
    October 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

TL; DR

  • The Who will return to Boston tonight (September 13th) to perform their first North American stadium show since 1989.
  • Tonight’s show marks the band’s first gig at Fenway Park and is the Who’s 24th concert in Boston proper — having first performed in the city way back on August 8th, 1967 at the Boston Garden.
  • The Who’s last North American stadium gig took place on September 3rd, 1989 at Dallas at Cotton Bowl for the tour closing show of the band’s 25th anniversary reunion tour.

FAST FACTS

  • Out now is the officially sanctioned career-spanning book on the Who, titled The Who: The Official History. The tome, “features 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.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Recently released 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.”