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said. “I know because certain bits of
me don’t function quite as well now
as they once did.”
He was talking about his ears and
what he described as “very severe
hearing damage” from his quarter-
century in rock.
As a result, he will be playing
acoustic guitar on stage and allow
the crashing riffs and windmill
chords to be played by another,
younger guitarist, whom he did not
The tour, which will conclude Aug.
30 in Oakland, Calif., will include
staps in Washington, Pittsburgh,
Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami
and Kansas City, M0.
The band announced no plans for a
new record; its past few attempts ——
“Who Are You” in 1978, “Face
Dances” in 1981 and “It’s Hard” in
1982 — were disappointing commer-
cially and critically, though each had
a synthesizer-driven hit single that
harkened back to 1971’s “Who’s
Next,” which remains the band’s big-
Each band member will include
some solo material for the first time
in a Who tour, with Townshend intro-
..’ ducing as many as six songs from his
'3 upcoming album, “The Iron Man,”
, due out in late June.
Although all three band members
have dabbled in solo recording ca-
reers, and Townshend even had a
stint' in book publishing, none of
those ventures has compared with
the success of TheWho.
The Hartford Civic Center, the
third stOp on the tour, is one of the
smallest venues on the itinerary and
one of a few held indoors.
The only other dates for the region
— Giants Stadium in East Ruther-
ford, N.J., June 29 and Sullivan Sta-
dium in Foxboro, Mass, July 12 —
are typical of the size and scape of
the other stops.
The Hartford date may soothe
those upset with the band’s abrupt
cancellation of a performance at the
Civic Center during the last tour in
1982. The cancellation led to radio-
station boycotts of the band’s music,
a petition drive and a Bushnell Park
The Who’ 8 first appearance in the
state was at the Oakdale Musical
Theatre in Wallingford in July 1968.
The band also played at the New
Haven coliseum in December 1979,
less than two weeks after 11 fans
were killed and 29 were injured in a
rush for the stage at a Who concert in
Information about ticket sales
was not immediately announced.
But tickets for the Radio City Music
Hall show, a benefit for the Nordoff-
Robbins Music Therapy Foundation
for autistic children, will go on sale
at the Radio City box office at 10
am. May 1 — the same day the band
is to begin rehearsals in England.
Ticket prices for the benefit report-
edly will cost about $1,000.
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