Updated December 4, 2019 - 5:59 am
Pete Townshend’s Instagram tease was indeed prophetic.
The Who are performing six shows at the Colossuem at Caesars Palace on their “Moving On” tour. The dates are May 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16. Tickets starting at $69 (minus fees) are on sale to the general public 10 a.m. Dec. 13, at starting Friday, Dec. 13 at ticketmaster.com or at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office.
Led by as always by legendary vocalist Roger Daltrey and Townshend on guitar, The Who played six shows at the Colossuem in July-August 2017. The new set of shows have been formally announced Wednesday morning.
This November, Townshend indicated on an Instagram messsage the band would be coming back to Las Vegas this spring, though he originally said in April.
According to a news release announcing the shows, guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr), backing vocal by Billy Nicholls, orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder, will join the original members.
The Colosseum has undergone extensive renovations, with a revamped video, lights and sound setup, since The Who’s 2017 shows. The performances are to feature the band’s classics, with “Pinball Wizard,” “Who Are You,” “I Can See For Miles,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and “Behind Blue Eyes” on the set list in their Oct. 24 show at the Hollywood Bowl.
The band has also enlisted local symphony musicians for a stretch that includes “Love, Rain O’er Me” and “Baba O’Riley.” The hits will mix with selections from The Who’s latest album, “Who,” their first release of new material in 13 years.
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