moe. has been tapped toopen on select dates of The Who's first world tour in 20 years. The upstate New York quintet joins together with the rock legends for the following concerts:
9/25/06 Chicago, IL, United Center
9/26/06 Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
9/29/06 Auburn Hills, MI, Palace Of Auburn Hills
9/30/06 London, ON, John Labatt Centre
moe., known for well-crafted songwriting and dynamic jam explorations, is gearing up for moe.down 2006 – the band's annual Labor Day Weekend event at Turin, NY's Snow Ridge Ski Area. The band will release moe. Live from the Fillmore, its first DVD, October 3.
They will also tour this summer and fall, performing new songs from their first album in four years, which will be released January 23, 2007. Both will be released on moe.'s Fatboy Records.
The Who will perform songs from their new mini rock opera, Wire & Glass, material from their upcoming studio album along with their greatest hits and rarities, certain to please long time fans. The new album, provisionally called Who 2, and the band's first since 1982's It's Hard, is scheduled for an October 23 release.
"We're looking forward to reconnecting with our American fans and hopefully seeing some new ones coming along too," said The Who frontman Roger Daltry.
And speaking on the topic of fans, moe. guitarist Al Schnier fondly recalls his own musical coming-of-age with the legendary band:
"I remember as a kid playing my tennis racket, way before I ever played guitar, and jamming to The Who… and listening to Townsend's Empty Glass in our family room over and over again… seeing The Who when they were touring for It's Hard. The Clash were opening – who are also heroes of ours – and we're worthy?! This is a BIG deal for us."
This is not the first time moe. has toured with their heroes. The Further Festival, which consisted of Grateful Dead alumni: Bob Weir's Ratdog and Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, tapped the band in 1997. In 2002, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant had moe. on his Strange Sensation tour. The Allman Brothers Band had moe. as opener in 2005.