Why The Who’s ‘Tommy’ Was Such an Influential Release
: January 03, 2014
Rock operas are a very daunting undertaking, rampant with historical failures and bloated reputations that make their creation somewhat of a rare occurrence. However, those actuall ...
The Who’s 50th Anniversary Dates to be Their Final Tour
: October 26, 2013
It's a sad, sad day for fans of the Who.
Speaking to the Evening Standard at a screening for band documentary Sensation, Who guitarist and one-half of the band's surviving members ...
The Who Resurrect ‘Quadrophenia’ on 2012 Fall Tour
: July 19, 2012
The Who are gearing up to perform at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London soon, but they’ve also announced a Fall and Winter North American tour that will find the band playin ...
Townshend Says The Who ‘Quadrophenia’ Tour Coming in 2012
: July 26, 2011
The current solo tour of Roger Daltrey's centering on “Tommy,” the classic rock opera by the Who, has him performing without Pete Townshend, his longtime collaborator. However ...
Roger Daltrey Brings The Who’s ‘Tommy’ to the US and Canada in September
: May 12, 2011
Roger Daltrey, the rock icon, has announced he is planning a six-week tour where he will resurrect the classic Who album “Tommy” in its entirety. The singer will also be perfor ...
The Who Annouced as SuperBowl XLVI Entertainment
: November 13, 2009
Are you ready to see the Who stateside? Well be ready to shell out SuperBowl money if you simply must be there in the flesh because they have just been confirmed as the halftime en ...
the who Biography
The English rock band The Who was established in 1964 by Pete Townshend (vocals, keyboard, guitar), Roger Daltrey (guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Keith Moon (percussion, drums) and John Entwistle (vocals, brass, bass guitar). They became famous for their high energy live shows, which frequently included destroying instruments. The Who has sold 100 million records, had 27 singles chart within the top 40 of the UK and US charts, and had 17 albums in the top 10. In the U.S. the band has had 5 multi-platinum, 12 platinum and 18 gold albums.
The Who first became known in the UK through several top ten singles, starting with "I Can't Explain" in January 1965. They followed up with several ground breaking albums, including 1965's "My Generation," 1966's "A Quick One" and 1967's "The Who Sell Out." Their first US Top 40 hit was "Happy Jack" in 1967, followed by "I Can See for Miles" later that year. Their fame continued to grow with their memorable performances at Isle of Wight, Woodstock and Monterey Pop music festivals. In 1969 they released "Tommy," their first top 10 album in the US. This was followed up with 1970's "Live at Leeds," 1971's "Who's Next," 1973's "Quadrophenia," 1975's "The Who by Numbers," 1978's "Who Are You" and 1979's "The Kids Are Alright."
Moon died in 1978 at 32 years of age. After his death The Who released two albums, 1981's "Face Dances" and 1982's "It's Hard." They disbanded in 1983. The band reunited for events like Live Aid, reunion tours like their 1989 25th anniversary tour and Quadrophenia tours in 1996 and 1997. In 2002 Entwistle died. Daltrey and Townshend continued performing as The Who. They released "Endless Wire" in 2006. The Who have released 11 studio albums, 21 compilation albums, 10 live albums, 4 EPs, 4 soundtracks and 57 singles.