The Who will perform a special acoustic presentation of their rock opera/double album ‘Tommy’ for Teenage Cancer Trust at London’s Royal Albert Hall next year.
It has been announced that the band’s first full band performances of ‘Tommy’ since 1989 will run at the iconic London venue on March 30, 2017 and April 1, 2017. The band will play ‘Tommy’ in full followed by a selection of other The Who hits. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (September 23). Find tickets here.
2017 marks the 17th year of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, with The Who’s Roger Daltrey himself a Teenage Cancer Trust Honorary Patron. The Who headlined the first Teenage Cancer Trust gig at Royal Albert Hall in 2000 and Daltrey often books the shows himself, sometimes passing curation duties to the likes of Noel Gallagher.
See the Teenage Cancer Trust dates in full below.
London, Royal Albert Hall (March 30, April 1, 2017)
The Who will also play a series of rescheduled Greatest Hits gigs next April. See those dates beneath.
Liverpool, Echo Arena (April 3, 2017) – Tickets
Manchester, Manchester Arena (April 5) – Tickets
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (April 7) – Tickets
Sheffield, Sheffield Arena (April 10) – Tickets
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (April 12) – Tickets
Pete Townshend has previously spoken about the future of The Who, telling Mojo: “When this tour is over, we’ll probably both go our separate ways. So it’s to demonstrate that even this particular gang can grow old – not necessarily gracefully, but can grow old ungracefully, or whatever it is that we’re doing.”
Townshend also denied that parting ways would see the end the prospect of any future collaborations between himself and Daltrey: “I think Roger and I will do odd things together,” adding, “I hope that one day I can write him an album of songs that suit him and the record company won’t demand that we call it the fucking Who, but I’ve got a bad feeling about it.”
“I think that if I wrote Roger a bunch of good songs, our manager would say, ‘Why not call it The Who? We’ll sell double as many records!’”