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The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, "I Can't Explain", reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of singles including "My Generation", "Substitute" and "Happy Jack". In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single "I Can See for Miles", while touring extensively. The group's fourth album, 1969's rock opera Tommy, included the single "Pinball Wizard" and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter and visionary Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971's Who's Next, which included the hit "Won't Get Fooled Again". The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1982. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–1997. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle's death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continued to play live regularly.

The Who's major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon's lead playing styles, Townshend's feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.

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Maximum As & Bs
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Maximum As & Bs is an album by musical group The Who, released on October 27, 2017.
Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall
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Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall is an album by musical group The Who, released on September 15, 2017.
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The Who's TOMMY performed as "Bluegrass Opry" at Grunin Center
  –  March 9, 2018
TOMS RIVER, NJ – The HillBenders present The Who's TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry on Friday ... Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy, while paying ...
WLUP nostalgia: It's hard to miss what's no longer there
  –  March 7, 2018
Here’s a sampling of the playlist from a 45-minute stretch on Tuesday: “Sympathy for the Devil,” Rolling Stones; “Sweet Emotion,” Aerosmith; “Baba O’Riley,” The Who; “Rock and Roll,” Led Zeppelin; “Comfortably Numb,” Pink Floyd.
The Who's Roger Daltrey Announces New Solo Album
  –  March 15, 2018
Straight-up rock'n'roll legend Roger Daltrey is breaking away from the Who to release a new solo album ... to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That's what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing ...
The Who's Roger Daltrey Admits He's 'Very, Very Deaf' From Loud Rock Gigs
  –  March 15, 2018
The Who's frontman, Roger Daltrey ... Roger was performing solo in Vegas when he made the shocking confession -- that he was "very, very deaf" from loud music played at either his own band's shows or other gigs he's attended over the years.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey implores rock fans to wear ear plugs as he admits he is ‘very deaf’
  –  March 14, 2018
The Who’s Roger Daltrey has confirmed that decades of loud rock and roll music has left him ‘very, very deaf’. The legendary rock star performed on Tuesday night and was seen wearing large in-ear monitors as he revealed to fans that he now relies on ...
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey admits he is 'very deaf' and now relies on lip-reading and in-ear monitors to follow the music at live shows
  –  March 14, 2018
For most 74-year-olds, deafness is a symptom of their generation – but for The Who singer Roger Daltrey, more than 50 years of performing rock music have taken their toll. Speaking to the audience during a solo show, he admitted he was 'very, very deaf'.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey reveals his hearing’s going and he has to lip-read at gigs
  –  March 13, 2018
THE Who singer Roger Daltrey admitted he's "very, very deaf" during a solo show in the US. The legendary frontman, 74, has been rocking hard for more than 50 years and it appears the loud music has finally taken it's toll on his hearing. The Mirror reports ...
The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey brings solo tour to Oakland
  –  March 13, 2018
The world knows him best as the front man for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act The Who. Yet, Roger Daltrey is also an accomplished ... Bonnie Raitt interview: Catching up with the Northern California music legend Alameda County Fair concert series ...
Nick in the AM: 50 years ago, The Who wreaked havoc at Expo Gardens
  –  March 12, 2018
was part of a North American tour The Who launched in support of its album "The Who Sells Out." It was immortalized in "All My Loving," a 1968 music documentary aired on British television. The film includes scenes of the outside of the Opera House ...
The Who’s Roger Daltrey sings praises of teen-cancer charity
  –  March 12, 2018
It was a great sounding hall.” How is The Who holding up as a live act? “I don’t know how long we’ll go on; we can’t go on forever, but I think we’re at the top of our game, and it’s iconic music,” Daltrey said. “These songs are so ...
Roger Daltrey on The Who, Rocking Vegas and Daring to Be Different
  –  March 6, 2018
“I enjoyed the process very much,” he says of the latter. “The kind of music I’ve done on my new solo album is very much like what The Who were doing before Pete started writing songs, and that’s been very exciting. It’s a great box of ...
Listen to Lil Yachty Rap Over the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’
  –  February 6, 2018
The iconic synthesizer riff from the Who's "Baba O'Riley" provides the music bed for producer Digital Nas' new collaboration with rapper Lil Yachty. You can hear the track, titled "Revenge," below. Riley's influence plays out on Digital Nas' sample ...

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