October 19, 2020

1985-02-22 – The Palm Beach Post

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The Who: Never can say goodbye

cades together. Millions of Who fans
wenttotheshowstopaytheirlast
respects and say so long for good.
Now the Who are back, two long
years later, to bid farewell once
again, this time with a double album
of material culled from American
and Canadian stops on the ’82 tour.

By Patrick Ercolano

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Some people find it difficult to say
goodbye. Take The Who, the once-
great, now-defunct British rock band.
In 1982 the quartet planned a “fare-

well” tour of the world, calling it
quits after nearly two tumultuous de-

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