The Who have announced the first dates of their 50th anniversary tour, The Who Hits 50, at a press conference in London.

The tour kicks off in Dublin, Ireland on November 26th, winding its way through the U.K. and ending in London on December 17th.  The U.S. tour will follow in 2015.

Commenting on the milestone tour, Roger Daltrey says, "This is the beginning of the long goodbye.  It will have a finality to it.  We'll stop touring, I'm sure, before we stop playing as a band, but just like Eric Clapton just said, it's the grind of the road, it's incredibly tough on the body..."

Pete Townshend added, "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 Union Jack.  Always a fashion victim.  But under no illusions.  We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring."