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The Who announce Newcastle gig to celebrate turning half a century

The legendary band, led by Roger Daltrey, will play a gig at the Metro Radio Arena in December as part of their 50th anniversary tour

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Roger Daltry (left) and Pete Townshend of the Who
Roger Daltry (left) and Pete Townshend of the Who

In an announcement which will have many of a certain age scratching their heads in a ‘where did the time go?’ fashion, The Who have booked a date on Tyneside to mark a half a century of the band, and begin what lead singer Roger Daltrey has call their “long goodbye”.

The Who 50th Anniversary Tour promises to deliver ‘hits, picks, mixes and misses’, according to guitarist, Pete Townshend, taking the audience on a tuneful journey through five decades worth of some of the world’s most enduring (and very much rocking) music.

Won’t Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Baba O’Riley, Who Are You, I Can’t Explain, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes, My Generation and many more classic anthems will all feature as well as some perhaps lesser known gems from the band’s back catalogue.

Pete Townshend said: “Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big Woodcutter’s beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions.

“We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn’t really exist, so we are really only thirty-seven.”

The Who Hits 50, which will hit the Metro Radio Arena on December 9, will not only celebrate the fantastic contribution The Who have made to our musical heritage but also their remarkable contribution to youth culture old and new.

Tickets for the gig go on sale at 9am on Friday, July 4. Call 0844 493 6666 or visit www.metroradioarena.co.uk to book

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