The Who have announced that they will release and exclusive 7″ Single on April 18 for Record Store Day. The blue vinyl 7” has ‘Be Lucky’ on one side backed by their very first single from 1965, ‘I Can’t Explain’.
The band have donated their royalties from ‘Be Lucky’ to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded in 2011 by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
The group has also announced the release of the Brunswick Records 7″ Box set which will be Volume One, of a four-part set of classic Who British singles by labels (Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor). This will be out on April 6 and features seven 7” singles recorded 1965-1966, pressed on heavyweight vinyl with paper sleeves and 7” sized colour booklet with liner notes by Mark Blake. The bonus track is The High Numbers’ 7” ‘Zoot Suit’ / ‘I’m The Face.’
As well as those release Pete Townshend’s solo catalogue will also be reissued. This series of releases includes Who Came First, Rough Mix, Empty Glass, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, White City, The Iron Man: The Musical, Psychoderelict, Scoop, Another Scoop, Scoop 3 And Deep End Live! All are now available digitally and the extensive reissue programme that will see the catalogue remastered and reworked is planned to start later this year and will run into 2016.
The Who’s UK Shows 2015:
The Who play their reschedule O2 shows this month;
Sunday March 22 – rescheduled from Wednesday 17 December.
Monday 23 March 23 – rescheduled from Thursday 18 December
The Who will also play the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust on March 26, supported by the legendary Wilko Johnson.
Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr will all be supporting The Who at Hyde Park on June 26.
The new ‘symphonised’ version of Quadrophenia has its world premiere concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London on July 5, 2015.