The Who reach out to fans for deluxe 50th anniversary release


It appears that The Whos 50th anniversary release ambitions lie beyond a simple two-CD Who Hits 50 compilation.

The band are reaching out to fans and collectors to help locate rare and lost recordings from the last five decades. Specifically, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are looking for rare radio and TV performances, home movies from gigs, extraordinary bootleg material, demos, unusual photos and memorabilia.

Any item that is used will be fully credited on any release and the person with the most outstanding find will receive two VIP tickets for a show on the next Who tour.


All this bodes well for the punter and suggests a multi-disc super deluxe set with audio and video content is in the planning, although nothing is confirmed.

Any fan wanting to get in touch should email and reference in your email.

The Who Hits 50 two-CD set is scheduled for release in October. More on that here.

The Who Hits 50 / new compilation

8 responses to The Who reach out to fans for deluxe 50th anniversary release

  1. Ian says:

    “Reach out” – ? We’re not in America.

  2. Fat Old Bloke says:

    A box set of rarities and DVD of rare footage would be nice

  3. Mig says:

    The VIP tickets are an interesting reward to bootleggers. Surely you can’t reward unofficial recorders, after your eagle-eyed manager spent your career roaming the auditorium looking to trash audience recording equipment. (If I remember, “Live At Leeds” was supposed to drop the market out of Who bootlegs so people would stop recording them.) What this actually rewards, though, is not the guy who booted the concert and then made it available for sharing to other fans — it’s rewarding the guy who’s hoarded it privately all these years. Enjoy the hard stares of everyone around you at the VIP concert, mate.

    • Drew says:

      I think you’re confusing the Who with Led Zeppelin, whose manager Peter Grant and tour manager Richard Cole routinely scoured audiences for any tapers and smashed the equipment (and the heads of the tapers!) when found. Lambert and Stamp, the Who’s managers, did no such thing.

  4. Gary says:

    So when they’ve finally put out every demo and every other offcut from the vaults, they turn to the public and beg them to send them something else so that they can stick out a £100+ box set. How much longer are bands going to try and stretch their legacy?

    • Richie says:

      Gary, Don`t buy them – some fans buy this stuff willingly and some aren`t bothered. Me I buy some and sometimes I don`t, it`s called choice.

      • Gary says:

        Yes thanks Richie I’m fully aware of the concept of choice. I was talking about fleecing fans when you’ve run out of things to flog.

  5. Matt says:

    One thing i would love to see is a live record from the original lineup featuring songs not included on live at Leeds, like from the Quadrophenia tour & such.

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