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Watch the Who Debut ‘Big Cigars,’ Another New Song, at Madison Square Garden

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“Next year, hopefully,” guitarist Pete Townshend said on stage at Madison Square Garden this past weekend as The Who‘s Moving On! tour stop, “the songs that we release in November will be greatest hits. Or maybe they won’t.”

He was discussing the band‘s planned new album, which he also said should be out “around the middle of November,” before he, Roger Daltrey and the band launched into a new song titled “Big Cigars.” Here’s fan-shot video of the sequence:

Perhaps augmented by the symphony orchestra performing alongside the band for this tour, that song definitely sounds pretty huge, doesn’t it?

“Big Cigars” is the second song the Who have premiered so far from the upcoming album, following the live debut of “Hero Ground Zero,” which was also performed at this MSG gig (for its second live performance):

Zak Starkey, currently taking part in the Who’s tour as a live drummer, also participated in the album sessions for the new record. In a recent interview, he told he the experience was obviously rather exciting:

The album doesn’t sound like any previous Who albums, it has the vibe of a 2019 Who album. But it doesn’t sound old, it sounds brand new and super fresh.

This special tour will continue throughout the next month and a half, and features special guests at each spot across North America. The dates:

Sept 3 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON SPECIAL GUEST: MOON VS SUN (Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk) 

Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf

Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI SPECIAL GUEST: Dead Horses

Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Wolf

Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Wolf

Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf

Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf

Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf

Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf

Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf

Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf

Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf

Oct 9 / Chase Center / San Francisco, CA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher

Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST TBA

Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST TBA

Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University / San Diego, CA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher

Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners / Seattle, WA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher

Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher

Oct 24 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher

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