The Who's Summer U.S. Tour Bows In June
As tipped here last month, the Who will kick off a summer U.S. tour June 28 at the 1,400-capacity Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The trek spans 16 other arena and amphitheater dates and wiAs tipped here last month, the Who will kick off a summer U.S. tour June 28 at the 1,400-capacity Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The trek spans 16 other arena and amphitheater dates and will close Aug. 31 in Wantagh, N.Y. The group plays the second of two shows for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity tonight (Feb. 8) at London's Royal Albert Hall.
"Basically what we're trying to do this year is to stay in shape," lead vocalist Roger Daltrey recently told Billboard.com, "because every time we have 18 months off and then have to come back and do gigs, it's like climbing Mount Everest. So the idea is just to try and do enough shows so that we maintain a peak so that if ever anybody asks us to do a benefit we feel we want to do, we haven't got this great big ladder to climb.
The Who is also planning to hit the studio for the first time since 1982. "We're gonna try. We are trying," Daltrey said. "We haven't given up. But who knows? We'll be the judge of whether it's good enough. We're going to go in the studio and we will do something. It's whether we enjoy ourselves and we feel that what we've actually recorded is worth releasing. I think we'll have to have an adjudicator on that! We will know in our bones whether it's any good or not."
Here are the Who's tour dates:
June 28: Las Vegas (the Joint)
June 29: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Amphitheatre)
July 1: Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)
July 3: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 4: Sacramento, Calif. (Valley Amphitheatre)
July 6: George, Wash. (the Gorge)
July 26: Boston (Tweeter Amphitheatre)
July 27: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Amphitheatre)
July 31, Aug. 1: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Aug. 23: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Aug. 24: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Amphitheatre)
Aug. 25: Noblesville, Ind. (Deer Creek)
Aug. 27: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Aug. 28: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre)
Aug. 30: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 31: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)