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The Who to kick off cross-country reunion tour

By DEBORAH WILKER
Music Writer

embers of the seminal ’605 rock band
The Who will announce plans today
for a cross-country summer reunion
tour that will bring them to Miami in
J uly.

The group, which along with The Beatles, Rolling
Stones and Led Zeppelin played a crucial role in shap-
ing rock music, has not toured since its Farewell ex-
travaganza in 1982. The Who’s most recent stage per-
formance came during 1985’s Live Aid show at
London’s Wembley Stadium.

The summer tour has been rumored for months and
will kick off in June with a benefit performance of the
band’s rock opera Tomm y at the 6,000-seat Radio City
Music Hall in New York — site of today’s press con-
ference. Tickets will cost about $1,000, but few will be
made available to the public or media.

From there the band will hit the road, with a show
designed primarily for football stadiums - or venues
of about 70,000 seats and up. Initially, that plan wor-
ried some promoters, many of whom lost large invest-
ments on last summer's big stadium tour, the Mon-
sters of Rock. In a limited number of cities, the group
will perform in much smaller indoor arenas. perhaps
on consecutive nights.

The tour is expected to close in Los Angeles with
another benefit performance of Tommy, also in a mid-
sized theater.

Plans for a Miami show appear to be under way

Former Eagles guitarist J oe

Walsh will join the band, which
last toured in 1982 with its
F arewell extravaganza.

The likely site will be Joe Robbie Stadium, but the ex-
act date and ticket information has not yet been made

public.

The Who’s last studio album was 1982's It’s Hard,
though several subsequent hits packages have been re-
leased since. The band is known primarily for its early
inventiveness and explosive stage shows that almost
always concluded with band members smashing their
instruments.

After more than a dozen years together, The Who
suffered its biggest tragedy when drummer Keith
Moon died in 1978. Though members momentarily
considered disbanding, they pressed on with drummer
Kenny Jones of Small Faces.

In 1979 the group‘s popularity soared once more,
but tragedy struck again, when, during a momentous
national tour, 11 fans were stampeded to death while
racing for seats at a Cincinnati concert site. Again The
Who considered breaking up, but the tour ensued
through 1980.

Original members Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle
and Pete Townshend are expected to participate in the
reunion, along with former Eagles member Joe
Walsh, who will play guitar.

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The Who, circa 1985: Pete Townshend, John
Entwistle, Kenny Jones and Roger Daltrey.