The Who announce 50th anniversary tour in US

The group will be playing gigs across America in a two-leg tour

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English rock band The Who will be marking their 50th anniversary with a mammoth tour across America.

The group will be kicking off ‘The Who hits 50! Tour’ in Florida on 15 April next year as they perform shows across the US.

So far 44 shows have been announced in the two-leg tour. The first half will run from April to May, while the second will be between September and November.

The set lists will take audiences through the band’s back catalogue, from seminal classics like Tommy and Quadrophenia to more recent hits.

The show has been described by guitarist Pete Townshend as “All the Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses”.

The band will also be releasing a greatest hits album called The Who hits 50! The record will feature songs that they will be playing on next year’s tour.    

The Who was formed in 1964 by frontman Roger Daltrey, Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon.

Since then they have sold over 100 million records and are considered one of the most influential rock bands in history.

Entwistle passed away in 1978 and Moon died in 2002 but Roger Daltrey and Townshend have continued The Who together.

Tickets for ‘The Who hits 50! Tour’ will be going on sale on Friday 17 October.