The Who Launches 6-Week Vintage Concert Series On YouTube

In the latest pivot by a music act sidelined by the pandemic, The Who this weekend is launching a concert series on YouTube featuring rare and never-seen clips from archival tours.

Join Together @Home kicks off Saturday, August 8 at 1pm ET. The first act spotlights five songs from the rockers’ 1982 gig at N.Y.’s Shea Stadium during their then-dubbed “farewell” tour,” which featured the Clash as opening act. 

Footage includes a “red carpet premiere clip” from front man Roger Daltrey, according to a press release, which notes the six-week series will reveal “live and rarely seen footage, mini videos and special screen footage.” The series will culminate with a “performance from a previously unreleased show.”

Viewers can watch the videos for free, but will be encouraged via prompts to donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

The band is the latest to take to YouTube to offer fans a touch point during the continued pause in live touring. Elton John in early July debuted a six-week series of vintage concert footage via his channel on the platform. That series, also free to view, sought to raise funds toward the Elton John AIDS Foundation in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.

The Who in March postponed the remainder of their 2020 tour as Covid restrictions set in. The band in November released “Who,” their first original album in 13 years, since 2006’s “Endless Wire” and only the second original collection since 1982’s “It’s Hard.”

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