October 19, 2020

1989-04-24 – Honolulu Star Bulletin

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Who's
back

El Peter Townshend
and the gang will
tour this summer

Slor-Bulletm news serwces

NEW YORK — Two generations
after “My Generation.” The Who.
the legendary English rock group,
is reuniting for a 25-clty North
American tour this summer in
celebration of the band’s 25th an-
niversary.

The stadium tour. announced
today. will reunite original band
members Pete Townshend. Roger
Daltrey and John Entwistle. It is
scheduled to start June 24 in To—
ronto and run until Aug. 30 in
Oakland. Calif.

On June 27. the band will play a
benef it concert performance of its
rock opera. “Tommy” at Radio
City Music Hall in New York to
raise money for the Nordoff-Rob—
bins Music Therapy Foundation
for autistic Children. The show
will be simulcast live over the
Westwood One Radio Network.

“The reason for the Tommv’
performance now ”Townshend
said.‘ is it‘ s the thing people most
remember about The Who. We
haven’t played it in its entirety for
17 years."

The tour will be the group's
first since 1982-83‘5 “Farewell
Tour." The band also appeared in
a oneoshot reunion at Live Aid.

Three months ago, Townshend
took a swipe at the mercenary
side of the Rolling Stones’ upcom-
ing reunion tour while inducting
the Stones into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame.

“it won't be easy for the Stones
the next time around. and if it
wasn‘t for the vast sums of money
they can make, they might not
bother at all." Townshend jibed.
. . At least. Mick probably
wouldn‘t. lt's lucky for 115 fans
that he has such expensive tastes.”

Daltry said the tour does not
mark a resurrection of the band.
“This is a celebration of the music
we created. after all these years.”

Townshend said he has suffered
hearing loss after such prolonged
exposure to loud music. “If 1 ex
pose. mt self to loud electric guitar.
partitularlt my oxxn mv hearing
suffers.“

“l‘m still very nervous about
how I can work on stage without
further damage to my hearing.”
he said, but then drew a laugh by
adding: “We’re going to play very.
very quietly."