The Who Hits 50

Rock legends; The Who today announced their 50th anniversary show ‘WHO HITS 50’ and are set to bring it to The O2 on Wednesday 17 and 18 December 2014.

 

This show will see the band take their audience on an amazing journey through their entire career from the days of The High Numbers to classic albums such as Who’s Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia and My Generation. Pete Townshend describes it as ‘Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses’ and said the band will play all the classic anthems as well as tackling deeper cuts from their catalogue.

 

Roger Daltrey said: “This is the beginning of the long goodbye".

 

Pete Townshend commented: “Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big Woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only thirty-seven".

 

WHO HITS 50 will not only celebrate the fantastic contribution The Who have made to our musical heritage but also their remarkable contribution to youth culture old and new.

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The O2 Arena

The O2, visually typeset in branding as The O2, is a large entertainment district on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London, England, including an indoor arena, a music club, a Cineworld cinema, an exhibition space, piazzas, bars and restaurants. It was built largely within the former Millennium Dome, a large dome-shaped building built to house an exhibition celebrating the turn of the third millennium; as such, The Dome remains a name in common usage for the venue.
 

  It is often referred by various names: the O2 Dome; the O2 Centre, which properly refers to an unrelated shopping centre on Finchley Road; or The O2 Arena, which properly refers to a smaller indoor arena within The O2. Naming rights to the district were purchased by O2 plc (now Telefónica Europe plc) from its developers, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), during the development of the district. AEG owns the long-term lease on the O2 Arena and surrounding leisure space.
 

  From the closure of the original "Millennium Experience" exhibition occupying the site, several possible ways of reusing the Millennium Dome's shell were proposed and then rejected. The official renaming of the Dome in 2005 gave publicity to its transition into an entertainment district. The Dome's shell itself remained in site, but its interior and the area around North Greenwich Station, the QE2 pier and the main entrance area were completely redeveloped.
 

 The area is served by North Greenwich tube station, which was opened just before the millennium exhibition, on the Jubilee Line, and by bus routes. Thames Clippers operate a river boat service for London River Services; the present tenants, AEG, purchased Thames Clippers in order to provide river links between central London and The O2. As well as a commuter service, Thames Clippers also operates the O2 Express service.
 

The O2: The O2 arena; indigo at The O2; Building Six; Up at The O2; Brooklyn Bowl; Green Room; The Open Quarter and The Piazza; Cineworld
 

Get to The O2
 

Tube 
North Greenwich station is on the Jubilee  Line in Zones 2 and 3. And it’s right on our doorstep. Get here from Central London in 20 minutes. Or Stratford in 10 minutes. River – Thames Clippers always runs a fast and frequent service between Central London and The O2.Boats leave major piers every 20 minutes. 

Road
Inside the M25 and outside the Congestion Zone. The O2 is signposted from the M25, the A2 and A20 (from the South East), and the M11 (from the North). We’ve got 2,200 parking spaces just a short walk from  the tent. 

Emirates Air Line - Enjoy 360 views of the city. Ninety metres high. Fly the Emirates Air Line between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. This is London’s only cable car experience. And it’s just five minutes from The O2
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Air
London City Airport is on the DLR. Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted have Express rail services into Paddington, Victoria and Liverpool Street. Catch the tube or bus from your station.

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