The Who will return to Boston tonight (September 13th) to perform their first North American stadium show since 1989. Tonight's show marks the band's first gig at Fenway Park and is the Who's 24th concert in Boston proper — having first performed in the city way back on August 8th, 1967 at the Boston Garden. The Who's last North American stadium gig took place on September 3rd, 1989 at Dallas at Cotton Bowl for the tour closing show of the band's 25th anniversary reunion tour.
The Who will only play one other ballpark on this leg of its “Moving On!” tour, when on October 19th the band hits Seattle's T-Mobile Park.
Fans are waiting with baited breath, with insiders — and the band — hinting that today will be the day for the official announcement of the Who's new studio album. The set, which is expected in mid-November, serves as the Who's first new collection since the 2006 Endless Wire album.
After Endless Wire enjoyed only a short shelf life in the Top 10 albums chart, minimal radio airplay, and sold below his expectations, Pete Townshend has been hesitant in committing to writing and producing a new Who album. He explained that the days of touring behind a new project hardly ensures that the album will be a commercial success: “I just think that the Who are an anomaly. We're an anomaly like the (Rolling) Stones, we're an anomaly like any 'boomer' band — or any band that appeals to boomers. And I think if you're a new band today, don't go there. Don't even bother with it. Because the record companies, y'know if you went to them and you said, 'We've got a great record here, we've got a 100,000 fan base and we're willing to tour the world,' they kind of go, 'Are you gonna give us a hit?'”