The 'Who HIts 50!' With Massive UMe Re-Release Of Catalog, North American Tour
January 28, 2015 at 1:25 PM (PT)
THE WHO will mark its 50th anniversary in 2015 with a series of special re-releases on UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES throughout the year, a 45-date NORTH AMERICAN tour and a huge celebratory show in HYDE PARK in JUNE.
MARCH 24th sees all of the band’s 11 studio albums released on vinyl alongside a double vinyl version of their ultimate hits package "THE WHO Hits 50!"
"My Generation" (1965), "A Quick One" (1966), "The Who Sell Out" (1967), "Tommy" (double) (1969), "Who's Next" (1971), "Quadrophenia" (double) (1973), "The Who By Numbers" (1975), "Who Are You" (1978), "Face Dances" (1981), "It's Hard" (1982), "Endless Wire" (double) (2006) and "THE WHO Hits 50!" (double) (2014) have all been re-mastered in 24-96 format and are pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Each album will also have its original issue artwork.
On APRIL 7th, the first in a series of 7” singles box sets is released covering their first seven singles as THE WHO as well as their one and only 7” as THE HIGH NUMBERS.
"The BRUNSWICK Singles 1965–1966" is volume one of a four-part set of classic WHO singles by labels (BRUNSWICK, REACTION, TRACK and POLYDOR) all coming in 2015. Containing seven 7” singles from the start of the band’s career pressed on heavyweight vinyl with paper sleeves (reproducing the period graphics front and back with die-cut center holes), the singles are housed in a rigid "lid-and-tray" outer box and features a 7” sized color booklet with liner notes about each release by WHO biographer MARK BLAKE.
There will be a collectible blue vinyl 7” of THE WHO’s latest classic "Be Lucky" from ‘THE WHO Hits 50!" album backed with the band’s very first single from 1965, "I Can’t Explain." "Be Lucky" is THE WHO’s first new material in eight years and in keeping with their ongoing support for teenage cancer charities, the band have donated their royalties from the song off of "THE WHO Hits 50!" to TEEN CANCER AMERICA, a charity founded in 2011 by ROGER DALTREY and PETE TOWNSHEND.
The band will also bring “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour to NORTH AMERICA this year, starting APRIL 15th in TAMPA, FL, including 21 stops throughout the EAST before wrapping on MAY 30th in FOREST HILLS, NY. The fall leg will launch SEPTEMBER 14th in SAN DIEGO and begin with WEST COAST dates throughout the U.S. and across CANADA before concluding NOVEMBER 4th in PHILADELPHIA. Tickets are on sale now; more information can be found at thewho.com/tour. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold on “THE WHO HITS 50!” NORTH AMERICAN tour will benefit TEEN CANCER AMERICA.
THE WHO will take to the GREAT OAK STAGE in LONDON’s iconic HYDE PARK on FRIDAY, JUNE 26th with very special guests PAUL WELLER, KAISER CHIEFS, JOHNNY MARR and others to be announced. The all-day bill will feature many more top acts that owe an artistic debt to one of the most influential of all BRITISH bands.
HYDE PARK will be the final UK show of the ‘WHO Hits 50!’ tour which ROGER DALTREY described as “The beginning of the long goodbye."