The Who are back on the road again after a six-month hiatus forced by front man Roger Daltrey’s bout with viral meningitis. Daltrey’s illness forced the band to push the West Coast leg of the North American tour off until this year. The band resumed their original touring schedule with a raucous performance in Detroit on February 27. The canceled shows have been rescheduled for the last two weeks of May. Fans who have The Who tickets for the original date will have those tickets honored on the rescheduled dates.
The Who Hits 50 Tour, which launched last year, was publicized as “the beginning of a long goodbye.” The iconic rock group has been touring for decades with no signs of stopping. It was scheduled to end with a December 13 date in Oakland, California, but the remaining shows were postponed when Daltrey was diagnosed with viral meningitis in September.
Since resuming the tour, the band’s shows have been averaging about two hours, with the focus on The Who’s biggest hits, including tracks most familiar to younger fans as theme songs for the various incarnations of the CSI television series: “Who Are You?”, “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Daltrey’s performances seem little affected by his long illness and recuperation, and he and band mate Pete Townshend keep up a running patter and dialog with the audience. Reviewers note that the show has been lightly tweaked from the 2015 version, with a couple of more challenging vocal selections dropped and instrumental breaks providing some pacing between more vocally demanding tracks, such as “Love Reign Over Me” and “My Generation.”
Tickets for the rescheduled shows through May, including The Who Hits 50 at the KeyArena in Seattle on May 15, are available on the secondary market. A survey of ConcertBank.com’s inventory lists tickets for that show averaging about $250, with the cheapest tickets available for $66. A spokesperson for the site noted that the inventory changes frequently, so fans who want The Who tickets should check back if they don’t find the seats or shows they want on at first.
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