Pete Townshend Says The Who Tour ‘Really Is A Big Move On’

Rock legend Pete Townsend recently shared that The Who‘s ongoing “Moving On!” world tour “really is a big move on.”

The symphonic concert tour that features a fully-fledged, local orchestra at every stop, has seen the band really pushing itself.

Townsend shared that it was a “silly” birthday gift that inspired the new show; the band curated a 10-minute opera dubbed “Gratis Amatis” for its ex-manager, Kit Lambert‘s birthday.

“Pete, I know this is a joke, but have you ever thought about trying to write an opera?'” Lambert said, to which Townsend responded with ‘Well, I am studying, you know, music,” an exclusive video on Live Nation revealed.

The third leg of the Who’s 32-date tour is set to hit North America on September 21 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

“This is something that Roger [Daltrey] started. We’re doing a few new things, a few things that we haven’t done before,” Townsend added. “We’re doing ‘Imagine a Man,’ we’re doing ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ with acoustic guitars and cello and violin.”

The tour is set to come to a close on October 23 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Meanwhile, the band has been working on its first new album in nearly 13 years. “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia,” Townsend said of the album.

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