At the Who's fall tour kick off on Sunday night (September 1st) at Madison Square Garden, they gave North American fans a taste of the band's upcoming studio set. As they had at their sole European stop this summer back on July 6th at London's Wembley Stadium, the band performed "Hero At Ground Zero"; with the other tune "Big Cigars" being a revamped version of "Guantanamo," which Pete Townshend had originally issued on 2015's Truancy – The Very Best Of Pete Townshend. Townshend told the crowd that the still-untitled new album should be out in mid-November.
According to fan reports, the Who soundchecked a third song from the new album, due out in November, presumably titled "Ball And Chain."
Pete Townshend shed light on how after over 50 years, he's able to still consider what he does as "being in the Who": ["When we play songs that we've played at every single Who show — ever; like, 'I Can't Explain,' and 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere,' and 'Substitute,' I just get in a groove, and what I find myself doing is amusing myself that this is the 500th time that I've played this song — and it's still a good song. And, y'know, what are we — a Who copy band now? I don't feel like I did in the years prior to Keith (Moon's) death, which was that we were becoming a parody of ourselves. That was really quite a difficult thing."] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . a difficult thing)
Roger Daltrey told us that as unbelievable as it might seem, the Who are still on top of their game: ["Well, the one thing that never ceases to amaze me, and it's really apparent in these last few shows we've done, is how the energy hasn't changed. The stuff I'm listening to now from the live gigs has got, is in some ways, more energy than it had back then, which is extraordinary considering our age. So I suppose it's something that's in-built in the music. And it's got nothing to do with age, it's just the music, and it's kind of gratifying, in a way. That's how I've always felt about it."] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . felt about it)
On Friday (September 6th) the Who's "Moving On!" tour hits St. Paul, Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center.