The legendary frontman discusses the just-announced dates for this fall's The Who Hits 50 tour.
The Who will begin its 50th anniversary -- and perhaps final -- tour later this year on home turf.
The group announced on Monday (June 30) that The Who Hits 50 trek will begin Nov. 26 at the 02 in Dublin, Ireland, and play Belfast two days later before hopping back to the U.K. for nine more shows, finishing Dec. 17 at the 02 in London. The band's official announcement promises "an Amazing Journey through their entire career from the days of the High Numbers to classic albums such as 'Who's Next,' 'Tommy,' 'Quadrophenia,' 'My Generation,' Live at Leeds' up to the present day." Guitarist Pete Townshend promises "his, picks, mixes and misses" from the group's history, while frontman Roger Daltrey says the dates are "the beginning of a long goodbye."
"We cannot keep going on doing these month after month-long, extended tours," the 70-year-old Daltrey tells Billboard. "It's extremely hard, hard work. When we take civilians, as I call them, on the road with us they usually last about 10 days and they're exhausted, just by the grind of it. So we have to be realistic. The band got better reviews on their last tour (2012-13's Quadrophenia & More) than we had for years. It was incredibly enjoyable. But it was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age."