‘It will take our music to new heights’: The Who announce their first UK tour in SIX years… with rock veterans joined by a full orchestra as they visit cities ‘we haven’t been to for decades’
The Who have announced their first UK tour in almost six years – and the band will be accompanied by a full orchestra when it gets underway later this year.
The mod icons, who headlined their first tour in 1962, will travel the UK from 6 to 23 of July release tickets for the forthcoming series of shows from February 3.
The new roster of gigs include a return to Edinburgh – 40 years after their last. performance in the Scottish capital – and a show in Derby, where they last performed in 1966.
Coming soon: The Who have announced their first UK tour in almost six years – and the band will be accompanied by a full orchestra when it gets underway later this year
Hull, Edinburgh, London, Derby, Badminton, Durham, St Helens and Brighton will also welcome the band, who will be backed by a full orchestra as they perform their back catalogue of hits.
Confirming the tour, singer Roger Daltrey said: ‘Having not toured the UK for six years it’s great that at this time of our careers we have the chance to go to places that are not on the usual touring map Edinburgh Castle and Derby as well as the other cities across the country that we haven’t been to for decades will make this very special for me.
‘This opportunity will give our UK Who fans the chance to hear our current show which with the addition of an orchestra takes our music to new heights.’
Legendary: The mod icons, who headlined their first tour in 1962, will travel the UK from 6 to 23 of July release tickets for the forthcoming series of shows from February 3 (pictured onstage in 1965)
As well a full orchestra, the rock veterans will be joined by special guests UB40 featuring Ali Campbell for a handful of their scheduled shows.
Guitarist Pete Townshend added: ‘Roger initially christened this tour with an orchestra “Moving On!” I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on with new music classic Who music all performed in new and exciting ways.
‘Taking risks nothing to lose. I’m really looking forward to bringing this show to the UK.’
The set will touch on every milestone from their 60-year career, including the rock opera Tommy and the music from riotous 1973 album Quadrophenia, which was subsequently turned into a hit film.
In 2022 the band toured the United States with The Who Hits Back tour, during which they shared a stage some of the country’ biggest orchestra groups.
They will release The Who With Orchestra Live At Wembley on March 24.