The Who; Moving On! Tour rehearsals...

 

The Who are in the final days of rehearsing for the Moving On!tour, which starts on Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Brian Kehew of the Who road crew is providing behind-the-scenes coverage, complete with photos and videos, on the band's website.

He writes, "This Who + Orchestra tour has all been planned for a while – but no one (literally no one) knew exactly what would be happening. There are so many differences to deal with for this new venture, and much of it cannot be planned, just hoped for and awaited while various parts come together in front of us. The amount of change is tremendous; so much here is new to us...

"Things that were often spontaneous (or just out of control) will now have more of a plan, as orchestras are not known to 'jam'...

"It’s a huge challenge to get ready – even songs done thousands of times before are feeling new – and sort of strange, in a good sense of anticipation. Everyone’s nervous, but not in a negative way – just the excitement of the unknown. Some of you may have seen Roger’s orchestra doing Tommy o rPete’s orchestral Quadrophenia recently; we learned a lot from both – and aim to make this tour the best of all worlds, without losing what The Who does well at their own shows, the things that make them the unique live band they have always been...

"I promise – if you’ve seen The Who over a hundred times in your life, this show will be different and spectacular and beautiful in ways you have never seen. Some moments will be big surprises, and some will be simple small ones... It will still be rocking, still be The Who as you know it; raw energy, beauty and lightness, power, joy – those unusual combinations of flavors that make up a Who night..."

The first North American leg runs through June 1st in Toronto, with the second leg starting on September 6th in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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