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The Who set 50th anniversary tour, plan stops at Nassau Coliseum, MSG

The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform

The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform at the "12-12-12" Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, 2012. Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Who will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a massive 2015 tour that includes stops at Nassau Coliseum, Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and Forest Hills Stadium, where the band launched their 1971 tour.

“This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” singer Roger Daltrey said of the tour, which guitarist Pete Townshend describes as “Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses,” to explain its combination of the expected setlist of classics and deep album cuts.

“The Who Hits 50!” tour will draw mainly from the “Who Hits 50!” collection being released on Oct. 27 on Geffen/Universal.

The 2015 tour will kick off April 15 in Tampa, Florida, and make its first area stop at Nassau Coliseum on May 20. The Who play Barclays Center on May 26 and Forest Hills Stadium on May 30. The band returns to the area on Oct. 27, when they play Madison Square Garden.

Tickets for all the shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 17. Citi cardholders can begin purchasing pre-sale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program starting at 10 a.m. Monday through citiprivatepass.com.

“Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big Woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions,” Townshend said in a statement. “We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring.”

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