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The Who is one of the greatest bands in the world, and stand right next to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as pioneers in the music industry. The Who formed in 1964 and consisted of Pete Townshend (guitar), Roger Daltrey (vocals), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). It all began when Townshend and Entwistle met in the street. The two formed a band called The Confederates. After they added more band members, the band was known as The Detours and was influenced by American blues and country music. Roger Daltrey was on lead guitar, Doug Sandom was on drums, and Colin Dawson was the lead vocalist. Dawson left the band and Daltrey moved to lead vocals. When Sandom left, Keith Moon came in as their drummer.

The band officially became The Who in 1964 and became one of the most popular bands among the British mods. The Who became know for trashing their instruments is grand style and were the first to start this phenomenon. Pete Townshend smashed his first guitar in September of 1964, at the Railway Tavern in Harrow and Wealdstone, England. Rolling Stone magazine has listed this incident as one of the “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Townshend became the band’s primary songwriter and had a vision that went beyond the simple four minute songs that were played on the radio. As the heart and soul of The Who’s music, Townshend wrote break-through music which catapulted The Who to another dimension of music creation. Their first release was in January of 1965, and was “I Can’t Explain.” Their début album, My Generation was released that same year. The album included the singles “The Kids Are Alright” and “My Generation,” and “Substitute.” While the singles releases were highly successful, Townshend was more ambitious and wanted the albums to be a unified work, rather than unconnected songs. Townshend viewed his albums as mini-operas. The album A Quick One (1966) was his first attempt.

The Who Sell Out following in 1967, which was a concept album and included the mini-opera “Rael ” and the band’s biggest US single to date, “I Can See for Miles.” The Who continued to smash their instruments at the Monterey Pop Festival and the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. They were the headliners that year at the first Schaefer Music Festival in New York City’s Central Park. Pete Townshend was the subject of the first Rolling Stone interview. In the interview, Pete Townshend revealed he was working on a full-length rock opera. That opera was called Tommy, which became a critical smash hit with Life Magazine saying it “outstrip(ped) anything which (had) ever come out of a recording studio.” As the only paid act at Woodstock Music and Art Festival, The Who performed, “Tommy” and became superstars in the US.

In 1970 The Who recorded Live at Leeds, which is considered by many to be the best live rock album of all time. Later that year, The Who became the first rock act to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Performing at the Isle of Wight Festival, The Who introduced “I Don’t Even Know Myself” and “Pure and Easy,” which were singles off their album Lifehouse. Who’s Next was released in 1971, and reached number four in the US and number one in the UK. “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” are often cited as pioneering examples of synthesizers used in rock music. Keeping busy, The Who released Quadrophenia in 1973 and The Who by Numbers in 1975. Also in ‘75, The Who released a theatrical version of”Tommy” was released with Roger Daltrey as the lead. The film earned Townshend an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. They earned yet another first when they were placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for hold the loudest concert ever at Charlton Athletic Football Ground in 1976.

They released Who Are You in 1978, but the album was overshadowed by the death of their drummer Keith Moon. Kenny Jones became Moon’s successor. They returned to the stage in ’79 with concerts at the Rainbow Theatre in London, the Cannes Film Festival in France, and at Madison Square Garden in New York. They released a documentary in ’79 and became the third band to be featured on the cover of Time magazine (the Beatles and The Band were the other two). The article said that The Who had “outpaced, outlasted, outlived, and outclassed” all of their rock band contemporaries. Face Dances and It’s Hard were released in ’81 and ’82 respectively. “You Better You Bet” and other singles videos were played on MTV from the very first day the network channel aired in August of ’81. Their US tour that year was the highest grossing tour of the year. This was the last year that The Who was officially a band. They reunited off and on throughout the years mostly for charity events. Bob Geldof, producer of the 1985 Live Aid concert, got the band to perform several songs for the event.

As one might exepct, the band has been honored with many accolades and awards throughout their time together. In 1990, The Who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by U2. When Daltrey turned 50, The Who celebrated with two concerts at Carnegie Hall. The band changed a few members around adding several other instruments and vocals, but not billed as The Who, and led by Daltrey, they performed Quadrophenia in front of six sold out audiences at Madison Square Gardens. This lead to a US and European tour. Another tour was given in the Summer of ‘00 and a UK tour in November. They were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in ‘01, but a devastating blow was dealt when yet another band member was found dead. This time the band lost John Entwistle. In the middle of a tour, the band delayed and then replaced Entwistle with Pino Palladino. They released a CD of the tour called Encore Series ‘02, which became the first of several such projects. Zak Starkey, from Oasis, began splitting his time between bands as he became the newest replacement for Entwistle.

In July of ‘05, The Who performed “Who Are You” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” at Live 8. They released two singles off their Endless Wire album on iTunes and released the album formally in October of ’06. They did a 24-date European tour over 06-07, and performed again for Live 8.

With plenty of dates upcoming in 2016, The Who are expected to once again be one of the biggest concerts of the year. At GoTickets we have great seats available for all of their upcoming shows, even sell outs. Be sure to reserve your tickets to see The Who as soon as possible!

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