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Fifty-five years after they made their first recordings, The Who are back with a 10 date UK arena tour featuring a full orchestra, which will come to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Friday 3 April 2020.


The Who return with their first new album in thirteen years entitled WHO due for release on 22 November 2019 and preceded by BALL AND CHAIN, which is available on all streaming services now. Following their triumphant return to Wembley Stadium in July, The Who will also embark on a full UK Arena Tour in March and April 2020.

The eleven-track album was mostly recorded in London and Los Angeles during the spring and summer of 2019 and was co-produced by Pete Townshend & D. Sardy (who has worked with Noel Gallagher, Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz) with vocal production by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Roger Daltrey, Wilko Johnson).

Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter, Pete Townshend, are joined on the album by long-time Who drummer, Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino, along with contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap.

The artwork for WHO was unveiled this week in New York at the opening of the brand new eight-storey Pace contemporary art gallery where the band also performed a short acoustic set. The album cover has been created by famed pop artist, Sir Peter Blake who first met the band in 1964 at a taping of the legendary TV show Ready Steady Go. Sir Peter designed and contributed a painting to the sleeve of The Who’s album Face Dances in 1981.

The songs on WHO cover a myriad of subjects including the Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, spirituality, reincarnation, the power of memory and ‘an old rock star that has lost his marbles’. Singer Roger Daltrey rates it amongst their strongest “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge”.

Pete Townshend “This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl.. maybe even some cassettes.. ready for release in November”.


Tickets are on sale 10am Friday 20 September, with prices starting from £74.00. All prices listed include admin and facility fee.

Tickets can be purchased online at or via 0843 373 3000 or in person at the Motorpoint Arena Box Office, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.

A venue pre-sale will take place from 10am on Thursday 19 September 2019. Customers wishing to obtain prioritytickets will need to sign up to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Mailing List by 4pm on Wednesday 18 September at The pre-sale email will be sent to new Mailing List subscribers after 5pm on Wednesday 18 September. Current Mailing List subscribers will have received the pre-sale email (13/09/2019) and are asked to check their junk/spam folders if they cannot find the email.


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