The Who will roar back to life in 2019. The iconic British rockers have confirmed plans for a follow up to their 2006 studio album Endless Wire, as well as an upcoming 29-city arena tour of North America, which will feature the “Pinball Wizard” hitmakers performing with local symphony orchestras.
Rolling Stone reports on Jan. 11 that Who co-founder and principal songwriter Peter Townshend agreed to the tour on the condition that the band had new material to perform. The fiery guitarist has been on sabbatical since The Who wrapped up its stadium tour of South America on Oct. 1, 2017, in La Plata, Argentina and has spent much of 2018 in the studio.
Townshend has prepared detailed demos for 15 new songs, which were recorded in a handful of studios across London in 2018. Frontman Roger Daltrey has yet to lay down vocal tracks, but plans are in place to release the album later in the year
“I said I was not going to sign any contracts unless we have new material,” Townshend tells Rolling Stone. “It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dignity as a writer.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's symphonic concert series will be divided into two legs. Although The Who have not yet released the official schedule, the spring leg will hit 14-cities across the East Coast, beginning in Michigan with major city stops in New York and Chicago.
The second leg will launch in the fall and will include shows in Canada, as well as dates in the U.S. on the West Coast. The tour will focus mostly on arenas, though a few stadium dates could be in the works and plans for possible dates in Europe are also currently being negotiated. Details of The Who's full 2019 North American tour schedule will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!