The Who are set to play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, April 30th. The Festival, which plays at the Fairgrounds Race Course, runs from April 29th to May 8th. "Jazz Fest" will also feature such headliners as Stevie Nicks, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Lionel Richie, the Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, Erykah Badu, and Foo Fighters.

Other performers set to play the festival are the Avett Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Norah Jones, Randy Newman, Melissa Etheridge, Kool & The Gang, Willie Nelson, Ludacris, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Dash Cab For Cutie, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Chris Isaak, Jose Feliciano, Ziggy Marley, and Rickie Lee Jones, among many more.

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Pete Townshend told us that over 55 years on, it's fascinating to realize that it's the younger generations that are keeping the Who alive and thriving: ["It's so strange to have that brand that is bigger than either of us. That when we get together underneath that banner, we're conferred with a magical sprinkling of, y'know, historical stardust that attracts an audience that is not just old fans — it's curious young people; people who are interested in our legacy, and where we fit into the history of Western music — and Western sociology."] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . and Western sociology)

Townshend told us that although the Who's fan base continues to grow, he finds that the band's newer fans differ from the die-hards of the 1970's: ["They don't have the same kind of parochial loyalties and needs that they used to have. They're much more eclectic, they're much more generous in spirit, they're much more broadly based. Do you know what? They love music. Just music. Well, hey-ho!"] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . well hey ho)

Pete Townshend On The Who’s Younger Audience :

Pete Townshend On The Who Appealing To New Generations :