The Who are set to hit the road in 2022, announcing an extensive North American tour.
Dubbed The Who Hits Back!, the trek follows the band's 2019 Moving On! tour, and will criss-cross North America over the course of two separate legs – one in the spring and one in the fall.
“Pete [Townshend, the Who's electric guitar player] and I said we’d be back, but we didn't think we'd have to wait for two years for the privilege," said frontman Roger Daltrey in a statement. "This is making the chance to perform feel even more special this time around.
"So many livelihoods have been impacted due to Covid, so we are thrilled to get everyone back together – the band, the crew, and the fans. We’re gearing up for a great show that hits back in the only way The Who know how – by giving it everything we got.”
Though kept off the road by COVID-19, The Who were still fairly active in 2021, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their landmark album, Who's Next, and revisiting their 1967 pop-art masterpiece, The Who Sell Out, with a massive deluxe reissue.
Townshend told Guitar Player in an interview last year that assembling the Who Sell Out deluxe box set was a far more interesting experience for him than his typical dealings with reissues.
"I probably don’t have as much to do with any of these box sets as you would imagine, but with this one I very much enjoyed digging back into the demos that I did and making sure that they held up," he said.
"And I also made a few discoveries, particularly with some of the information in the included essays. For example, the story from Chris Huston [recording engineer at Trackmasters Studio in New York City, where some sessions for The Who Sell Out took place]: I didn’t know that he’d managed to reconstruct parts of the 'Rael' track he lost from a mono cassette that he’d made. So there’s been a few surprises like that."
You can check out the Who's full forthcoming itinerary below. For tickets and more info, stop by thewho.com.
The Who Hits Back! 2022 American Tour – Spring Leg:
April 22: Hard Rock Live – Hollywood, FL
April 24: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
April 27: Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL
April 30: New Orleans Jazz Festival
May 3: Moody Center – Austin, TX
May 5: American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
May 8: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX
May 10: Paycom Center – Oklahoma City, OK
May 13: FedExForum – Memphis, TN
May 15: TQL Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
May 18: TD Garden – Boston, MA
May 20: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
May 23: Capital One Arena – Washington, D.C.
May 26: Madison Square Garden – New York City, NY
May 28: Bethel Woods Center of the Arts – Bethel, NY
The Who Hits Back! 2022 American Tour – Fall Leg:
October 2: Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON
October 4: Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI
October 7: UBS Arena – Belmont Park, NY
October 9: Schottenstein Center – Columbus, OH
October 12: United Center – Chicago, IL
October 14: Enterprise Center – St. Louis, MO
October 17: Ball Arena – Denver, CO
October 20: Moda Center – Portland, OR
October 22: Climate Pledge Arena – Seattle, WA
October 26: Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA
October 28: Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
November 1: Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
November 4 + 5: Dolby Live at Park MGM – Las Vegas, NV
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