The Who To Play NZ with The Counting Crows

Friday 31 October 2008

Arguably the greatest live band ever, The Who will make an explosive return to New Zealand for the first time in 40 years to perform a one-off concert in March 2009. This is the news Who fans have been waiting for since the band's last visit in 1968!

The Who have sold over 100 million albums and been an inspiration to everyone from The Clash to The Ramones to Pearl Jam and have been honoured with every prestigious award going. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame by Bono in 1990 in the very first year they were eligible, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, the first annual Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, a Lifetime Achievement award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988 and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001. Their music still forms the backdrop to 21st century life featuring in television shows such as the hit TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in many movies.

In an honour many bands would crave, The Who also is recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Loudest Band!

In spite of the loss of original members Keith Moon (in 1978) and John Entwistle (in 2002), The Who remain the standard-bearer for great live rock and roll and are still one of the most in-demand live acts in the business. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Simon Townshend (guitars), Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass) and John 'Rabbit' Bundrick (keys) are currently performing in the US to rave reviews and are keen to continue on the road next year.

Special guest support act will be Counting Crows, in their very first visit to New Zealand.

Tickets available from Monday 17 November at Ticketmaster.