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The Who will launch their 50th anniversary tour this fall. 

Britain's Guardian says band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey revealed the initial dates at an event in London Monday.  Daltrey described the upcoming UK dates as "the beginning of the long goodbye," explaining that this tour "will have a finality to it."

Townshend added that while he hasn't always liked touring, he's looking forward to this road trip.  He said it'll be different this time because "it's about playing and celebrating the 50th anniversary," which is "significant."  They're calling the run "Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses," saying shows will feature more obscure material along with classics and fan favorites. 

The Who might also bring some new tunes to the stage.  Daltrey promised that they would "stop touring" before they "stop playing as a band," and that a new album is on the way. 

Townshend said he'd been inspired by Roger's recent release with Wilco Johnson, which tapped their mutual love of pioneering UK rockers Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.  But Pete admitted that with his tendency to write epic songs, the disc could still sound "more prog rock than pub rock."  He said they planned to hit the studio this summer to begin work on the album, which will be The Who's first collection of new studio material since 2006's Endless Wire.

The band will launch their tour in Glasgow, Scotland on November 30th. 

The Who Hits 50 Tour Dates:

11/30 Glasgow - SSE Hyrdo
12/2 Leeds - First Direct Arena
12/5 Nottingham - Capital FM Arena
12/7 Birmingham - NIA
12/9 Newcastle - Metro
12/11 Liverpool-  Echo Arena
12/13 Manchester - Phones 4U Arena
12/15 Cardiff - Motorpoint
12/17 London - The O2

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