The Who Plot 50th Anniversary Farewell World Tour
The Who will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a world tour Pete Townshend claims will be their last, the NME reports. Speaking with the Evening Standard at a screening for ‘Sensation,’ a new film about the band’s landmark ‘Tommy’ album, the singer and guitarist promised one last go-round and looked ahead to windmilling and smashing Strats in some new locales.
“It’ll be the last big one for us,” Townshend said. “There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”
Of course, the Who have done the whole “farewell tour” thing before. Back in ’82, when they did the stadium circuit with the Clash, Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey claimed they were fixing to bow out, but the retirement didn’t take. They returned in ’89 and regrouped again in the late ’90s, and following the death of bassist John Entwistle in 2002, they’ve toured throughout the ’00s.
In 2006, the Who released ‘Endless Wire,’ a surprisingly solid effort concertgoers likely won’t be subjected to on this upcoming trek. As the Who say goodbye — supposedly — to fans around the globe, expect ‘My Generation,’ ‘Baba O’Riley,’ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and all of the other hits that have kept butts in stadium seats for decades.