The Who, led by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, played their first show together since the pandemic, scaling things back on Friday night (March 25th) to perform an acoustic set at London’s Royal Albert Hall in support of their patron charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The pair was backed by Pete’s younger brother and longtime Who touring guitarist Simon Townshend, Phil Spalding, Jody Linscott, Billy Nicholls, Geraint Watkins, Charlie Hart, and Andy Cutting.

The acoustic band set up is definitely still a work in progress, with Townshend joking the group had only rehearsed two hours for the charity gig. And although there were various re-starts and muffed lyrics, the show proved to be one of the band’s most unique and interesting of the past decade.

The Who performed its 2004 modern classic “Real Good Looking Boy” for the first time since 2008, tackled three songs from 2019’s WHO album — including the live premiere of “Beads On One String,” which was dedicated to the citizens of Ukraine. The shows marked the first live performances of Roger Daltrey singing Pete Townshend’s 1980 solo hit “Let My Love Open The Door” — which he had recorded in aid of the Trust, as well as taking the lead on the Townshend-sung It’s Hard standout “Eminence Front.”

The Who’s acoustic setlist on Friday night at London ‘s Royal Albert Hall:

“Squeeze Box”
“The Kids Are Alright”
“Behind Blue Eyes”
“Real Good Looking Boy”
“Break The News”
“She Rocked My World”
“Beads On One String”
“Eminence Front”
“Pinball Wizard”
“Who Are You”
“Let My Love Open The Door”
“Baba O’Riley”
“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

  • The Who tour dates (subject to change):
    April 22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Hard Rock  
    April 24 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
    April 27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
    April 20 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz Festival
    May 3 – Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX
    May 2 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
    May 8 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion  
    May 10 – Oklahoma City, TX – Paycom Center
    May 13 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
    May 15 – Cincinnati, OH – TQL Stadium  
    May 18 – Boston, MA – TD Garden  
    May 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center  
    May 23 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena  
    May 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden  
    May 28 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center of the Arts  
    October 2 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena  
    October 4 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena  
    October 7 – Elmont, NY – UBS Arena  
    October 9 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
    October 12 – Chicago, IL – United Center
    October 14 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center  
    October 17 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena  
    October 20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center  
    October 22 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena  
    October 26 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center  
    October 28 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
    November 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl  
    November 4, 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Dolby Live

CHECK IT OUT: The Who on Friday night performing “Let My Love Open The Door”:

CHECK IT OUT: The Who on Friday night performing “Eminence Front”:

CHECK IT OUT: The Who on Friday night performing “Beads On One String”