The Who’s Classic My Generation Turns 50

The cover to The Who Sing My Generation.

The cover to The Who Sing My Generation.

This year The Who had been on the road celebrating their 50th anniversary. The shows have been getting rave reviews for the band, who had been combing through their incredible back catalogue of music to put on a hugely crowd-pleasing show.

You may have noticed that I did write the word “had” above. That’s because the Who, who were set to trek out on a new North American leg of their tour beginning this fall, had to postpone all dates after Roger Daltrey came down with a case of viral meningitis – obviously not a great thing for a singer to have to deal with.

Luckily, the band announced their rescheduled dates, which will now take place in 2016, and which features quite a few stops in Canada. You can check out the dates below.

When it comes to big dates in the world of The Who, few are bigger than October 13th, 1965. That was the day the band entered the studio to record what is arguably their most enduring anthem – My Generation. Written by Pete Townsend, the song was a rallying cry against conformity and aging, with its legendary line “Hope I die before I get old” now part of the pop culture vernacular. Depending on who you talk to, Daltrey’s stuttered delivery was either premeditated or simply a case of inspiration hitting in the studio. Whatever the case, sixteen days after the band laid down the track, My Generation was released as a single in the U.K. The rest, as they say, is h…h…history.

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March 1 — Toronto, On @ Air Canada Centre
April 26 — Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
May 4 — Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
May 6 — Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
May 8 — Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
May 10 — Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
May 13 — Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

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