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The Who will bring 'Quadrophenia' back for North American tour

July 18, 2012|By Randy Lewis
  • Singer Roger Daltrey, left, and guitarist Pete Townshend of the Who will present the group's rock opera "Quadrophenia" in its entirety on a North American tour commencing in the fall.
Singer Roger Daltrey, left, and guitarist Pete Townshend of the Who will… (Scott Olson / Reuters )

The Who will embark on the group’s first North American tour in four years this fall with an arena presentation of the 1973 rock opera “Quadrophenia” in its entirety.

The venerable British band, fronted by surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, also promises to survey other hits from the group’s career on the new tour that opens Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., and concludes Feb. 26 in Providence, R.I., with Southern California stops on Jan. 28 in Anaheim, Jan. 30 in Los Angeles and Feb. 5 in San Diego.

Tickets go on sale July 20 for members of the Who fan club, on July 23 for American Express cardholders and on July 27 for general ticket sales.

In a statement accompanying the announcement of the tour, Townshend said he thinks “Quadrophenia” remains resonant today because, “In 1972 I was twenty-eight, writing about London and Brighton in 1963 and 1964 when the band was just starting. I was still young enough to remember how it felt to be 16 or 17, and at war with my parents, bosses and authority.

“I could still remember that feeling of struggling to fit in, something that happened to me when I was even younger, around 14, and everyone around me seemed to have got their lives on track,” Townshend said. “ This is such a universal experience for young people that it has echoed.”

Townshend and Daltrey will be joined by bassist Pino Palladino, who joined the band after John Entwistle died in 2002, and drummer Zak Starkey, who stepped in following Keith Moon’s death in 1978. The group will be rounded out by guitarist Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother), keyboardist Chris Stainton, Loren Gold and musical director-keyboardist Frank Simes.

In addition, select movie theaters will screen the documentary "The Who: Quadrophenia -- Can You See the Real Me?" on July 24. Details can be found here on the Fathom Events website.


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