The Who are taking their tour of the album Quadrophenia to the U.K.
The critically acclaimed Quadrophenia marked the British band’s second rock opera (after Tommy), raised the bar for rock albums as an art form, hit #2 on the UK album chart and massively influenced the future of UK style, fashion and culture, from Paul Weller to Bradley Wiggins, from Paul Smith to Noel Gallagher.
The album’s title is a variation on the popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia and exemplifies the four varying personalities of the band members who created the album. It features such classic WHO songs as The Real Me, 5:15 and Love Reign o’er Me.
The film Quadrophenia tarred a young Sting, Phil Daniels, Ray Winstone, Trevor Laird and Lesley Ash. John Lydon (Rotten) was screen tested for a part, but the idea was dropped when insurance became an issue!
This new concert version of Quadrophenia, personally directed by Roger Daltrey, focuses on the original album and replaces the narrative used in previous stage versions with powerful imagery projected on an array of massive screens, designed to support, complement and propel the musical content of the work by setting it in the context of the history of the band.
The Who’s tour features founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, who will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), John Corey (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).
06/08 – Dublin – The O2
06/10 – Belfast – Odyssey
06/12 – Glasgow – SECC
06/15 – London – The O2
06/18 – Sheffield – Motorpoint Arena
06/20 – Newcastle – Metro Arena
06/23 – Manchester – Arena
06/25 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
06/28 – Birmingham – LG Arena
06/30 – Liverpool – Echo Arena
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