Rock legends The Who will visit Scotland next year with a full orchestra as part of a wider UK tour.
As well as a visit to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, the band will also play gigs in Manchester, Dublin, Newcastle, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London.
The Who have also announced their first new album in 13 years entitled Who. It is due for release on 22 November and is preceded by Ball and Chain, which is available on all streaming services now.
The 11-track album was mostly recorded in London and Los Angeles during Spring and Summer 2019 and was co-produced by Pete Townshend & D. Sardy (who has worked with Noel Gallagher, Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz) with vocal production by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Roger Daltrey, Wilko Johnson).
Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are joined on the album by long-time Who drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino along with contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap.
The songs on Who cover a myriad of subjects including the Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, spirituality, reincarnation, the power of memory and ‘an old rock star that has lost his marbles’.
Singer Roger Daltrey rates it amongst their strongest, saying: “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge.”
Pete Townshend adds: “This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can.”
THE WHO UK TOUR 2020
16 March 2020, Manchester, Manchester Arena
18 March 2020, Dublin, 3 Arena
21 March 2020, Newcastle, Utilita Arena
23 March 2020, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
25 March 2020, Leeds, First Direct Arena
30 March 2020, Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
01 April 202, Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
03 April 2020, Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
06 April 2020, Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
07 April 2020, London, The SSE Wembley Arena
Tickets go on sale 10am on 20 September at www.livenation.co.uk