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The Who announce 36-date Quadrophenia tour

By Patrick Doyle
Rolling Stone

Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend in 2010 (©AP)

The Who have announced they will embark on a 36-date Quadrophenia tour this fall, performing their 1973 rock opera in its entirety. The band's first North American tour in four years will kick off on Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., and will wrap on Feb. 26 in Providence, R.I.

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The band last took "Quadrophenia" on the road in 1996 and 1997. "We've been anxious to work together before we drop dead," Pete Townshend said Wednesday at a press conference with bandmate Roger Daltrey in London. Added Daltrey, "I don't know how many more years I'll be able to sing this music."

In a statement, Pete Townshend said, "I really love playing all of it. It's a unique piece for me in that. Some Who music is nightmarish to perform live. Roger has some very tough songs to sing, and he must have preferences. But for me on guitar, everything falls under the fingers. It flows naturally, and I always feel proud of my achievement as the writer, that I put it all together and gave the band a third wind."

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Before heading out on tour, the band will be featured in the finale of the Olympics. "We've recorded a piece of music which I think is a fabulous ending for the Olympics," Daltrey said. "This country put some fabulous music into the world. It wasn't really about the Who being on a TV show. It's about just making great music that is applicable to the end of that event, where you've had people who have given the last eight years of their lives to be there on that field doing their thing."

The lineup for the Who's upcoming tour includes Daltrey and Townshend backed by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals) and Chris Stainton, Loren Gold and Frank Simes (keyboards).

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At the press conference, Townshend updated fans on his upcoming memoir, due this fall -- and made a dirty joke about his buddy Mick Jagger.

Tickets will go on sale via the Who's official fan club at 10 a.m. on July 20 and will go on sale to the public July 25.

Here are the upcoming tour dates:
11/1 Sunrise, Fla. -- BankAtlantic Center
11/3 Orlando, Fla. -- Amway Center
11/5 Duluth, Ga. -- The Arena at Gwinnett Center
11/8 Greenville, S.C. -- Bi-Lo Center
11/9 Greensboro, N.C. -- Greensboro Coliseum
11/11 Pittsburgh -- CONSOL Energy Arena
11/13 Washington, D.C. -- Verizon Center
11/14 Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Barclays Center
11/16 Boston -- TD Garden
11/20 Montreal -- Bell Centre (on sale 7/28)
11/23 Toronto -- Air Canada Centre
11/24 Detroit -- Joe Louis Arena
11/27 Minneapolis -- Target Center
11/29 Chicago -- Allstate Arena
12/2 Nashville, Tenn. -- Bridgestone Arena
12/5 New York -- Madison Square Garden
12/6 Newark, N.J. -- Prudential Center
12/8 Philadelphia -- Wells Fargo Center
12/9 Uncasville, Conn. -- Mohegan Sun Arena
1/28 Anaheim, Calif. -- Honda Center
1/30 Los Angeles -- Staples Center
2/1 Oakland, Calif. -- Oracle Arena
2/2 Reno, Nev. -- Reno Events Center
2/5 San Diego -- Valley View Casino Center
2/6 Glendale, Ariz. -- Arena
2/8 Las Vegas -- The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/12 Denver -- Pepsi Center
2/14 Tulsa, Okla. -- BOK Center
2/16 Louisville, Ky. -- KFC Yum! Arena
2/17 Columbus, Ohio -- Schottenstein Center
2/19 Hamilton, Ontario -- Copps Coliseum
2/21 Uniondale, N.Y. -- Nassau Coliseum
2/22 Atlantic City, N.J. -- Boardwalk Hall
2/24 Manchester, N.H. -- Verizon Wireless Arena
2/26 Providence, R.I. -- Dunkin' Donuts Center

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Jul 19, 2012 2:51PM
The greatest live band ever!! Cant wait to see them at MSG!! Long Live The Who!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 19, 2012 9:01AM

OOOOOOHHHHHHH  YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!  Quadrophenia is coming to town!!!  Listen everyone:  MARK MY WORDS:  YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SHOW!!!!  It will tear you a new one!! 


Ridiculously brilliant guitar riffs that send chills down your spine....never mind the contextual basis for the album - a slice of time {early '60's} in the UK examining the emerging young Britons' social scene - the music is simply sublime.  Simon Townsend, who is an incredible guitarist in his own right, fills in with his brother quite nicely, and while he's no Keith Moon, Mr. Starkey is beyond fantastic & will blast away on the skins.  Pino also does a laudable, no, make that, stellar job on the downbeat.  In short, this version of the band is absolutely buttoned-down tight!


Saw Roger on his solo tour in support of Tommy last winter and he tore it up.  Harder to hit some of the high notes these days and suspect it will be the case in support of Quadrophenia, but still reminded everyone in attendance that night at the Nokia Theatre just how brilliant a performer he remains!  Brought down the house during the encore with an exceptional version of Young Man Blues!




Thanks, Pete, Roger, Pino, Zak & Simon...cannot wait!

Jul 19, 2012 8:23AM
Can't wait to see Quadrophenia done live AGAIN!Great backup musicians as well.Many thanks to Pete and Roger.
Jul 19, 2012 7:25AM
Who is The Who? I thought they gave their last and final and farewell concert tour in the 1980's. What a bunch of liars. The treadmill is blowing nothing but old farts. Just what the world needs, another average, weary, Who song.
Jul 18, 2012 5:14PM
How about New Orleans? this city that has a rich musical heritage always seems to get passed over for these big EPIC shows. Roger Waters skipped it, now The Who?!?!?! What gives?
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