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Generations new and old can rejoice together over the fact that The Who have just announced the tour we’ve all been waiting for! Their 37-date North American tour, entitled “Quadrophenia and More”, will begin this fall with a stop at Boston’s TD Garden on November 16th. Surviving members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform the 1973 album in its entirety (finally!), along with other popular songs from their catalog. Joining them will be the group’s longtime supporting musicians, which include Zakk Starkey (Ringo’s son) on drums, Townshend’s brother Simon on guitar, and Pino Palladino on bass.
It will be the band’s first North American tour in four years – and to play an album fans have been told year after year will be performed live from beginning to end. As Townshend explained in an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, “We’ve been trying to find something we can do together, Roger and I, for a while… Quadrophenia was something that we both felt we could get together on and look again. The last time we did it (on tour) was in 1997. We’ve been anxious to work together before we drop dead.”
Daltrey has spent quite a bit of time in Boston the past year or so. After undergoing vocal cord surgery at Mass General Hospital (which needed “world class care,” something Boston could provide), he was able to perform with his usual spirit and spunk. Other stars, like Adele, have visited our top-notch hospital for similar help (Maybe she and Daltrey shared neighboring rooms?). Daltrey was then able to tour Tommy in its entirety as well as other Who classics, unfortunately without Townshend at his side.
Quadrophenia has been shown nothing but spotlights recently. It was given a deluxe reissue last year, documentary The Who: Quadrophenia – Can You Still See the Real Me? will air in movie theaters across the country on Tuesday, July 24, and the Quadrophenia film will join The Criteron Collection on August 28th (meaning the film Gods have blessed it to join the list of movies they believe are la crème de la crème).
All of Quadrophenia’s recent attention is exciting, but nothing will be as thrilling as seeing and hearing the record performed live. Is there a chance of catching Keith Moon and John Entwistle holograms onstage, 2Pac-style? “We thought about it, but everybody’s doing it now,” said Daltrey. “I don’t know if we need it — there’s other things you can do.” For starters, playing the entirety of Quadrophenia is definitely something you can do to go above and beyond onstage that will leave fans feeling privileged for being in the audience.