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The Who announce orchestral tour

By | Published on Wednesday 1 February 2023

The Who

The Who have announced that they will tour the UK this summer with an orchestra in tow. The shows will see them rework songs from across their oeuvre with a classical backing. Something they reckon is dead edgy and that. They’re also excited about being able to play Edinburgh’s big old castle, and even about their mighty return to Derby, where they last played live in 1966.

“Having not toured the UK for six years”, says Roger Daltrey, ”it’s great that at this time in our careers we have the chance to go to places that are not on the usual touring map [like] Edinburgh Castle and Derby, as well as the other cities across the country that we haven’t been to for decades. [It] 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”, he adds.

Pete Townshend chips in: “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”.

As Daltrey and Townshend sort of implied there, the band have actually been performing this orchestral show for a while now, but – on the pre-COVID 2019 leg – Wembley Stadium was the only UK stop on the tour. Ahead of this new run of dates, they will release the imaginatively-titled ‘The Who With Orchestra Live At Wembley’ album on 31 Mar.

Tickets for the new shows go on general sale on Friday. Here are the dates:

6 Jul: Hull, Sewell Group Craven Park
8 Jul: Edinburgh Castle
9 Jul: Edinburgh Castle
12 Jul: London, O2 Arena
14 Jul: Derby, The Incora County Ground
16 Jul: Bristol, Badminton Estate
19 Jul: Durham, Seat Unique Riverside
21 Jul: St Helens, Totally Wicked Stadium
23 Jul: Brighton, The First Central County Ground