The Who will return to New York's Madison Square Garden on September 1st. The band last played the venue this past May 13th, with the upcoming concert marking the band's 33rd career show at MSG. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21st at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.
During his recent online chat with fans, Roger Daltrey touched upon the band's upcoming gigs featuring material from the Who's still-untitled new album, which is due out in November: “We're hoping to do a couple of songs from our new album. I think this is when everybody will groan and go to the toilet. But I’m telling you, I think they will fit in with this show. It’ll prick your ears up, and even though it’s something you haven’t heard before it will captivate you.”
Newly released is Daltrey's live album, The Who's Tommy Orchestral. The new set was recorded last year in Budapest and Bethel in upstate New York — the scene of the first Woodstock festival 50 years ago, where the Who performed Tommy in its entirety.
Roger Daltrey explained that Tommy's importance — both for himself as an artist and the Who as a creative force — can never be overlooked: “It was impossible for me not to become 'Tommy' to the audience. Absolutely impossible. I mean, in those, days, I used to sing the whole thing. Obviously, when I did the film, people found it very difficult to disassociate me from 'Tommy' — I still get problems today. I'm still very proud of it and I don't really give a toss if people like it, or not. I mean, I had a good time doing it. (Laughs) Tommy paid the rent, it's true. Before Tommy, we were flat broke. Penniless and in debt to the tune of what would be today, millions and millions of pounds — and Tommy paid the rent.”