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The Who to Launch 50th Anniversary UK Tour in the Fall; May Record Some New Music First

Ross Halfin/Universal Music GroupThe Who has revealed the first dates of their planned 50th anniversary tour, a run of late-fall concerts that will see the band performing in their home country, the U.K., as well as in Ireland.  The Who Hits 50! British Tour 2014 will get underway on November 26 in Dublin, Ireland, and currently is scheduled through December 17 in London.

The group is planning to play a set that touches on all eras of their long career, from their early days when they were called The High Numbers, to the present.  Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend describes the show that the band will play on the trek as "Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses," combining the group's classic material with a few some more obscure gems.

The set could even include some brand-new songs.  The BBC reports that at a press conference held Monday at London's famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club that Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey attended, Pete revealed he'd recently given Roger demos of three new tunes that Daltrey approved of, "so we are now considering trying to get into the studio this summer."

Townshend described the music he's currently writing as "pretty complicated -- it's more prog rock than pub rock".  He also said The Who may record the new material in a "more basic way" than usual, taking a cue from Daltrey's recent collaborative album with ex-Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson.

Townshend and Daltrey also gave a brief acoustic performance as part of the press event.

Meanwhile, in a statement released in conjunction with the tour announcement, Daltrey says the UK trek "is the beginning of the long goodbye."  Townshend adds about the 50th anniversary outing, "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."

Who fan club members can purchase pre-sale tickets for the concerts now.  Here are all of the confirmed dates for The Who Hits 50! British Tour:

11/26 -- Dublin, Ireland, The O2
11/28 -- Belfast, UK, Odyssey Arena
11/30 -- Glasgow, UK, SSE Hyrdo
12/2 -- Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena
12/5 -- Nottingham, UK, Capital FM Arena
12/7 -- Birmingham, UK, NIA
12/9 -- Newcastle, UK, Metro Radio Arena
12/11 -- Liverpool, UK, Echo Arena
12/13 -- Manchester, UK, Phones 4U Arena
12/15 -- Cardiff, UK, Motorpoint Arena
12/17 -- London, UK, The O2

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