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The Who Signs On For Vegas Gigs

3:38 PM, Monday, 3/13/2017

By: Francisco Rendon

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Sin City has chosen The Who as the first rock band to hold down a residency at the destination venue.

Kevin Mazur for Desert TripRoger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who"Desert Trip," Empire Polo Club, Indio, Calif.

The new dates start July 29 and continue Aug. 1, 4, 7, 9 and 11. Those are being advertised as the “first six” performances, so more are probably coming.

The next place to catch The Who will be at the "Teenage Cancer Trust" at the Royal Albert Hall in London March 30 and April 1. The band will play an acoustic version of its landmark album Tommy at the charity performances, which a press release claims will be its first full performance of the rock opera since 1989.

The sets for the Vegas shows promise to span the rockers’ expansive catalog, from the days when the band called itself The High Numbers to hits off Who’s Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, My Generation and Live At Leeds.

What are being called the “Greatest Hits” shows in the U.K. are set to take place in April.

While the press’s claim that The Who is the first rock band to play a residency at the Colosseum is technically correct, Rod Stewart and Elton John have been performing at the theatre for years and could be categorized as “rock.”

The Colosseum will also be hosting 2017 residencies from Stewart, Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld, Reba with Brooks & Dunn, Mariah Carey, Jeff Dunham, and Steve Martin with Martin Short.

Tickets for The Who go on sale March 17 at noon. Learn more about the rockers at TheWho.com and the venue at TheColosseum.com