2016 : The Who Hits 50! Tour Kicks Off in Detroit

February 27, 2024 all-day


The Who Hits 50! Tour is appearing at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on February 27, 2016. When The Who take the stage in Detroit, it will mark the beginning of a 28-date tour of rescheduled dates from their 2015 trek which was postponed to allow lead singer Roger Daltrey time to recover from his recent bout of viral meningitis, and includes stops in Toronto, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, before wrapping Sunday, May 29 in Las Vegas.

Hard to believe that back in 1967 the Who was playing in the Southfield High School Gym.

The night of Nov. 22, 1967, is indelibly etched in the memories of local music fans lucky enough to nab a ticket to The Who’s performance at Southfield High School’s gym. “It was packed to the gills, and I was in the front row,” recalls Don Henderson, who shot this photo. The British group was preceded by warm-up bands The Unrelated Segments and The Amboy Dukes (with Ted Nugent). Singer Roger Daltrey’s back is to the crowd in front of drummer Keith Moon while guitarist Pete Townshend puts the finishing touches on his signature windmill move, in which he wound up his arm in anticipation of striking a furious power chord.

Source : George Bulanda, “The Way It Was”, Hour Detroit, September 2015.