Legendary rockers The Who set for Hove this summer

The Who will perform in Brighton this summer <i>(Image: The Who)</i>
The Who will perform in Brighton this summer (Image: The Who)

Legendary rock band The Who are set for Hove this summer as part of a new tour which will see them perform with a full orchestra each night.

Joining them will be UB40 featuring Ali Campbell across all regional shows except for The O2 London and Edinburgh Castle dates.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will perform music from throughout the band’s nearly 60-year career, including sections devoted to classic albums Tommy and Quadrophenia as well as other beloved Who tracks and songs from their 2019 Who album, their first studio release in 13 years.

The Who will perform at Hove cricket ground on July 23.

The 2023 UK tour will feature the Who’s full live band comprised of guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, second keyboardist Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and backing vocals by Billy Nicholls, along with orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder.

Original bassist John Entwistle died in 2002, while drummer Keith Moon died in 1978.

Performing with The Who and an orchestra had been a long-held ambition for singer Roger Daltrey.

The Argus: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend
The Argus: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend (Image: The Who)

“Having not toured the UK for six years, it's great that at this time of our careers we have the chance to go to places that are not on the usual touring map Edinburgh Castle and Derby, as well as the other cities across the country that we haven’t been to for decades, will make this very special for me,” he said.

“This opportunity will give our UK Who fans the chance to hear our current show, which, with the addition of an orchestra, takes our music to new heights.”

Pete Townshend said: “Roger initially christened this tour with an orchestra Moving On! I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic Who music, all performed in new and exciting ways.

“Taking risks, nothing to lose. I’m really looking forward to bringing this show to the UK."

The Who are calling upon fans to add an optional £1 donation onto their ticket price at point of sale in support of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Both are longstanding supporters of the charity and Daltrey has been the driving force behind Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall concerts since they began in 2000.

Tickets are on sale from 10am on February 3.