The Who reschedule UK tour and plan to present Tommy at new dates

The Who

The Who at the Echo Arena, 2014

With the postponment of The Who’s Liverpool date, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby finds out what fans can expect for their retooled show in April. 

The Who have postponed their September UK tour until next spring in order to retool their show.

The legendary Londoners were scheduled to play the Echo Arena on Wednesday, September 7 as part of a lengthy 50th anniversary-cum-farewell tour, titled Back To The Who Tour 51! The original show was set to be a greatest hits affair, likely similar to their most recent appearance in the city in December 2014.

However, the rescheduled dates will be performed as part of a new tour named Tommy & More on Monday, April 3 2017.

Original members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will focus upon their classic album Tommy, which draws upon the band’s setlist for their upcoming Royal Albert Hall concerts in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. This set – so far exclusive to the UK – will emulate the historic period around Live At Leeds and Woodstock when the central pivot of The Who’s finest shows was their performance of Tommy.

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The album was The Who’s international breakthrough, and established them as an album oriented band after years of hit singles. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide and spawned a film version directed by Ken Russell, along with a Broadway musical. Tommy & More will be The Who’s first performances of Tommy since their 1989 reunion tour (though Daltrey has performed the album solo).

They will round the show out with hits, rarities and fan favourites, as they did on their similarly titled 2013 tour, Quadrophenia & More and presented their other rock opera in a similar fashion.

All tickets remain valid for the new date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, refunds are available from your point of purchase up until 5pm on August 12.

The Who rescheduled UK dates 2017:

April 3:  Echo Arena, Liverpool
April 5: Manchester Arena, Manchester
April 7: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
April 10: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
April 12: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham