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The Band from Acton
The Who return to U.S. for 2002 Summer Tour

by Timothy Tilghman

    Legendary British rockers, The Who, have announced a 20 date 2002 U.S. Summer Tour. This tour itinerary follows the individual three-leg-segments conducted in the US over the summer of 2000. The anticipation is high for The Who to assault American stages with their new found energy on stage as a five piece band.

    Joining the bombastic trio once again on this tour are veteran support keyboardist John 'Rabbit' Bundrick and drummer Zak Starkey, son of Beatle Ringo Starr. Starkey's drumming closely resembles the percussion patterns of the late Keith Moon, Who drummer 1964 - 1978. His drum work compliments their classic rock sound.

    Rumors have been circulating The Who have had plans to enter the recording studio. Roger Daltrey has been the motivation behind these plans, and the band may see studio action this Fall when they are scheduled to commence recording together. Bassist John Entwistle has anticipated recording again with his mates from Acton. Primary Who composer, guitarist Pete Townshend, has been reluctant to commit to recording a new studio Who album.

    Released in 1982, It's Hard remains their last studio effort. Since their 1982 North American Farewell Tour, The Who have conducted a 25th Anniversary Tour in 1989; a Quadrophenia Tour in 1996 and 1997; a mini-tour consisting of 7 dates in 1999; and a US tour in 2000. There have also been sporadic one-off performances; most notably, The Who appearing at Live Aid London on July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium.

    The Who ruled at the Concert for New York City on Saturday, October 20, 2001. This was their only stage appearance last year. The Who performed five dates in Britain during the 2002 winter season. Specifically, the band donated their services to support the Teenage Cancer Trust fund, benefiting the construction of medical facilities for young adults in British hospitals. The band had previously appeared at the Royal Albert Hall to aid the T.C.T. in November 2000.

Jun 28   Las Vegas, Nv - The Joint
Jun 29   Irvine, Ca - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul  1    Los Angeles, Ca - Hollywood Bowl
Jul  3    Mountain View, Ca - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul  4    Marysville, Ca - Autowest Amphitheatre
Jul  6    George, Wa - The Gorge
Jul 26    Mansfield, Ma - Tweeter Center
Jul 27    Camden, NJ - Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
Jul 29    Hershey, Pa - Hersheypark Stadium
Jul 31    New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Aug  1   New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Aug  3   New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Aug  4   New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Aug 23   Auburn Hills, Mi - Palace of Auburn Hills
Aug 24   Tinley Park, Il - Tweeter Center
Aug 25   Noblesville, In - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug 27   Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Aug 28   Columbus, Oh - Polaris Amphitheatre
Aug 30   Holmdel, NJ - P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
Aug 31   Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Sep 14   Las Vegas, Nv - The Joint
Sep 15   Irvine, Ca - Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre

Sep 19   Denver, Co - Fiddler's Green
Sep 21   Dallas, Tx - American Airlines Center
Sep 22   St. Louis, Mo - Savvis Center
Sep 24   St. Paul, Mn - Xcel Energy Center
Sep 25   Moline, Il - Mark of the Quads
Sep 27   Cleveland, Oh - CSU Convocation Center
Sep 28   Toronto, On - Air Canada Center

RockonTour   Issue #8
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