Watch The Who play orchestral ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ on ‘Colbert’

The band are about to begin a two-part 2022 North American tour

The Who are set to begin a two-part North American tour next week, and have appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform an orchestral version of ‘Behind Blue Eyes’.

On Friday night (April 15), the band were the musical guests on the show and ran through a grand version of their 1971 track, backed by a full orchestra.

The performance, which you can watch in full below, came in support of the Teen Cancer America organisation, and was recorded during the band’s annual Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London last month, which featured YungbludLiam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, The Who themselves and more.


Watch the Colbert performance of ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ below.

The band’s forthcoming tour – dubbed ‘The Who Hits Back!’ – will begin next week (April 22) in Florida, with the first leg running until the end of May.

The band will then return to the States in October for another run of dates, which take them through until November.

Speaking of the tour, Roger Daltrey said: “Pete and I said we’d be back, but we didn’t think we’d have to wait for two years for the privilege. 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.”


See the full list of The Who’s 2022 North American tour dates below.

APRIL 2022
22 – Hollywood, Florida, Hard Rock Live
24 – Jacksonville, VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
27 – Tampa, Amalie Arena
30 – New Orleans, New Orleans Jazz Festival

MAY 2022
3 – Austin, Moody Center
5 – Dallas, American Airlines Center
8 – The Woodlands, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10 – Oklahoma City, Paycom Center
13 – Memphis, FedEx Forum
15 – Cincinnati, TQL Stadium
18 – Boston, TD Garden
20 – Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
23 – Washington DC, Capital One Arena
26 – New York, Madison Square Garden
28 – Bethel, Bethel Woods Center of the Arts

2 – Toronto, Scotiabank Arena
4 – Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
7 – Belmont Park, UBS Arena
9 – Columbus, Schottenstein Center
12 – Chicago, United Center
14 – St Louis, Enterprise Center
17 – Denver, Ball Arena
20 – Portland, Moda Center
22 – Seattle, Climate Pledge Arena
26 – Sacramento, Golden 1 Center
28 – Anaheim, Honda Center

1 – Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl
4 – Las Vegas, Dolby Live at Park MGM
5 – Las Vegas, Dolby Live at Park MGM

The announcement of the tour comes after The Who’s Pete Townshend recently said he’s reluctant to make a new album with the band, because of the “old fashioned way that [they] work”.

The guitarist’s comments come after Daltrey also said he’s reluctant to make another album with The Who because “there’s no record market any more”.

Speaking to Guitar Player magazine, Townshend said: “As far as a new record, it does take quite a lot of time to put together the 20 or 30 songs that are needed for both Roger and I and any producer that we might be working with to cherry-pick the ones that fit the times.

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