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The Who set to embark on world tour

Townshend: ‘Roger and I are both fit and well, ready to rock’
/ Source: The Associated Press

It’s been almost 25 years since the Who blasted their way through a world concert tour, so they should be ready. This fall, they’ll give it another go, band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced Thursday.

Opening date will be Sept. 12 in Philadelphia.

The legendary band will then wind its way through the U.S. and Canada before jumping next year to South America, the Far East, Australia and Europe.

North American destinations include New York, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Vancouver and Toronto.

The Who will perform songs from their new mini rock opera, “Wire and Glass,” and from their upcoming album, which will be released Oct. 23. It’s the group’s first studio recording since 1982’s “It’s Hard.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a tour as much as this one,” Townshend said. “Roger and I are both fit and well, ready to rock.”

Daltrey said he and Townshend plan to perform “some rarities that we’ve not played for a long time.” They will be joined by keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick, bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Zak Starkey and singer-guitarist Simon Townshend.

Daltrey and Townshend are the only surviving members of the original band, which in the 1960’s had such hits as “The Kids Are Alright,” “My Generation,” and “I Can See for Miles,” before creating the rock opera “Tommy.”

Drummer Keith Moon died of an overdose of prescription drugs in 1978, and bass guitarist John Entwistle was found dead of a heart attack in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2002.

Tickets for the tour go on sale for the public July 17. Who fan club members can pre-order tickets through Saturday night.