Legendary rockers The Who are set to end their upcoming UK tour, The Who Hits Back in the seaside town that gave them so much of their history.
That’s right, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are set to finish off their first tour in six years with a show at The 1st Century Count Cricket Ground in Hove on Sunday 23rd July 2023.
The band will be accompanied by an orchestra who will be adding even more sound to their amazing back catalogue. The support act will be none other than UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell.
The enigmatic singer, Roger Daltrey added “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.”
The inclusion of an orchestra will mean that the band will be able to play large sections from their ground-breaking albums Tommy and Quadrophenia.
The Who also famously broke the record for the loudest concert in 1976 at The Valley venue in London with a measurement of 126 decibels. The record ahs since been broken but the Guinness Book Of World Records has stopped publishing this record as it fears for the loss of hearing amongst its readers.
The Who have come a very long way since their first gig back in 1964 at The Marquee Club to an estimated 40 people and have since filled stadiums and festivals ever since including the estimated 500,000 that were present at Woodstock in 1969.
Pete Townshend was infamous for destroying his guitars and has been asked how many he thinks he has smashed over the years but Pete has no idea to tell the truth. One figure that stands out id the fact he smashed and destroyed 35 guitars in 1967 alone. Not a feat that you will see in Hove this years but that is not a promise.
The Who have a reputation for being wild but the residents of Hove need not be too worried as years of hard living has made the two surviving members less likely to be throwing a television set out of the window, but we cannot promise that either.
The Who also have a reputation when it comes to drummers as the wild and somewhat erratic Keith Moon was actually the second to take the sticks up with the band after Doug Sandon left. He was renowned for on-stage antics including blowing up his drum kit.
Followed by the great Kenney Jones formerly of The Faces who played with the band from 1978 to 1988 and has now been succeeded by Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr.
Possibly the hardest position to fill in The Who is that of John Entwistle who’s rolling, deep basslines have been a driving force behind their most successful times. Sadly John passed away in 2002, aged just 57. The Who have had a number of touring bassist since but have settled on Jon Button for this upcoming tour.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 3rd February at 10am and are available from the band’s own website Home – The Who