The Who announce the release of their new album ‘WHO’ plus UK Tour dates










LONDON 13 September 2019 The Who have one of the greatest rock legacies in music history, they’re one of the all-time great live bands, have sold over 100 million records world including nine US and ten UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles in a career spanning six decades.

Now 55 years after they made their first recordings, The Who are back with their first new album in thirteen years entitled WHO due for release on 22 November 2019 and is preceded by ‘BALL AND CHAIN’, which is available on all streaming services now.

The eleven-track album was mostly recorded in London and Los Angeles during Spring and Summer 2019 and was co-produced by Pete Townshend and 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 and bassist Pino Palladino along with contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap.

The artwork for WHO was unveiled last night in New York at the opening of the brand new eight-storey Pace contemporary art gallery where the band also performed a short acoustic set. The album cover has been created by famed Pop artist, Sir Peter Blake who first met the band in 1965 at a taping of the legendary TV show Ready Steady Go! Sir Peter designed and contributed a painting for the sleeve of The Who’s album Face Dances in 1981.

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 “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 “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. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl . . . maybe even some cassettes . . ready for release in November”.

Two songs on the record the epic ‘Ball And Chain’ and string-laden ‘Hero Ground Zero’ recently got their world premiere when the band played with a 40-piece orchestra to a packed Wembley Stadium.


All This Music Must Fade
Ball And Chain
I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
Beads On One String*
Hero Ground Zero
Street Song
I’ll Be Back
Break The News**
Rockin’ In Rage
She Rocked My World

All songs written by Pete Townshend
except *Pete Townshend/Josh Hunsacker **Simon Townshend
Produced by Pete Townshend & D. Sardy
Roger Daltrey Vocal production Dave Eringa
Mixed by D. Sardy

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The Who are to play a ten-date UK and Ireland tour in the spring of 2020 


March 16 – Manchester Arena
March 18 – Dublin 3 Arena
March 21 – Newcastle Utilita Arena
March 23 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
March 25 – Leeds First Direct Arena
March 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
April 1 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
April 3 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
April 6 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
April 8 – London SSE Wembley Arena

Tickets go on sale 10:00am 20 September at

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The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history has sold over 100 million records world including nine US and 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles.

They have played over well over 2000 gigs in a career spanning over 50 years including venues such as Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Glastonbury (twice), Hyde Park (four times), The Isle Of Wight (three times), Desert Trip, Shea Stadium, The Superbowl half time show and Live Aid to name but a very few.

The band is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the UK Music Hall Of Fame and has lifetime achievement awards from The Brits and The Grammys and in 2008 were the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

Emerging in the mid-1960s as a new and incendiary force in rock n’ roll, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music’s most passionate followings, with the legendary foursome blazing a searing new template for rock, punk, and everything after.

Inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, placing 27 top-forty singles in the United States and United Kingdom and earning 17 Top Ten albums, including the 1969 groundbreaking rock opera Tommy, 1970’s pummeling Live At Leeds, 1973’s Quadrophenia and 1978’s Who Are You.  The Who debuted in 1964 with a trio of anthems ‘I Can’t Explain’, “’The Kids Are Alright’ and ‘My Generation’. Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as “’Baba O’Riley’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Who Are You’,” and ‘You Better You Bet’.

In 2008, they became the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The Who have performed all over the world including global music events for the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show in 2010 and closing the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The Who continued their charity work by playing a concert in January 2011 to raise money for trials of a new cancer treatment called PDT. In December 2012 they performed at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit in New York.

Alongside his groundbreaking work with the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, in November 2012 Daltrey, with Townshend at his side, launched Teen Cancer America, $1 from each ticket sold for the 2019 MOVING ON! TOUR which each night features a full orchestra will benefit Teen Cancer America

With both Roger and Pete delivering their own memoirs in recent years (Pete’s Who I Am was released to much acclaim in 2012, and Roger’s autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite; My Story, was embraced by critics in 2018) it’s fitting that the two remaining Who members have shared their incredible legacy in literary fashion, for few bands have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who.

14 thoughts on “The Who announce the release of their new album ‘WHO’ plus UK Tour dates”

  1. Brian Cady says:

    My, Sir Peter Blake really like breaking up his Who covers into squares and rectangles, doesn’t he? Reminds me a bit of the old DIRECT HITS cover only this one works.

  2. Thierry RABIER says:

    Very happy to hear this new song after 13 years ! I am a Who fan in South of France !
    Did the 2020 tour cntinue after the 10 dates in UK ???

  3. Thierry RABIER says:

    So ! if it’s possible to play in South of France after the 10 dates in UK ???


    J’aime les STONES,LED ZEPPELIN,THE BEATLES, etc… mais je pense que THE WHO restent au-dessus du lot.PETE est un théoricien très lucide du rock,ROGER un chanteur incroyable et,bien évidemment,ils ont été le groupe ayant eu la meilleure rythmique au monde avec JOHN et KEITH … Dans les années soixante-dix,un critique rock français les avait qualifiés de ” rossignol aux pattes musclées”,pour conclure par “ils ont inauguré l’ère dont JIMI HENDRIX deviendra le maître”. Rien que ça !


    Fantastic !!!

    After 47 Years of listening to these legends I finally got to see them live at Wembley this year & it was absolutely brilliant.

    I cant wait to listen to the new album.

    Rock On Tommy!!

  6. Ian Farras says:

    Great news about the new album and UK shows. How do fan club members get access to the pre-sale tomorrow please?

  7. Jack Arnell says:

    I can’t tell you how delighted I was, and am, to hear ‘Ball and Chain’ What a fantastic song; brilliant lyrics, brilliantly played by all concerned and brilliantly sung. I saw the Who at the Plumpton Jazz and Blues Festival when they performed ‘Tommy’ for only the second time. Full ‘Destruction in Art’ finale, all the classic songs. I was 14, and in seventh heaven.’Ball and Chain’ is as good as they were then, in my view. Pete and Roger, thank you so much. I think I will have to get my guitar out, dust it off, and write a few songs…Peace and Love

  8. Thomas says:

    Waaannnn kommt Ihr nach Deutschland????
    Wiiiiir waaartennn schon sooooo laaaannngeeeee!!!

    Eure Fans

    Gaby & Thommy

  9. peter stiekema says:

    Holland and Germany are waiting for you too. Come to the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam and König Pilsner Arena in Oberhausen, PLEASE

  10. It wouldn’t be a Who Album without a little in fighting, Pete sending the songs to Rog, and dear Rog not listening to them for a while 😅, bless um both, with Pete writing and Roger’s vocals, and of course Roger putting the songs over as only he can, it will be a very very special album indeed, I for one am also looking forward to the track break the news 🎸😉, all in all it’s a special album indeed, well done to all concerned 😎😉👍

  11. Jim Dowling says:

    Looking forward very much to the new Who Album. have been listening recently to the WHO SELL OUT. Superb music that hits the heart strings.

  12. Marie says:

    Hi ! Are you coming in continental Europe ? There are Wholigans there too, we feel a bit abandonned !

  13. Dave Sheehan says:

    Pete, you changed my life 40 years ago and I traveled over 2,000 kms to see you in Toronto in 1982. Please come to Nova Scotia, you’ll love the place and you will be loved!

  14. Van Woodham says:

    As a 14 year old, I saw the Who in 1966 at a Big Bam Concert in Montgomery, Alabama. They were the opening band for 10 other groups. Their first US tour. No one knew who they were.. At the end of their set they destroyed the equipment as they completed My Generation. Blew everyone away.
    Love the new album. They still have it going on…Keep on Rocking!

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