The Who Resurrect ‘Quadrophenia’ on 2012 Fall Tour
The Who are gearing up to perform at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London soon, but they’ve also announced a Fall and Winter North American tour that will find the band playing their classic rock opera Quadrophenia in its entirety at every show.
The 36-date tour will kick off on November 1 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and is scheduled to run through February 26 of next year when the band plays the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. In between, the band will hit most areas of the U.S., with shows in Duluth, Ga.; Greeville, S.C.; Boston; Chicago; Minneapolis; Los Angeles; Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J.
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the two surviving members of the group, will be joined on the tour by a backing band that includes Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey on drums. In addition to playing the double-album Quadrophenia every night, the band will also play a slew of its other hits.
To celebrate the tour, a documentary of the making of Quadrophenia called “The Who: Quadrophenia – Can You See the Real Me?” will be screened in theaters across the country for one day on July 24.
During a recent video conference, the band also expanded on their plans to play at the Olympics this year.
“We have recorded a piece of music that is a fabulous ending for the Olympics,” Daltrey said during the conference, “and just shows the great music that has come out of this country. This country has put some fabulous music out into the world.”
At one point the band was asked if they were planning to use holograms to bring late members Keith Moon and John Entwistle back to life the way that Tupac Shakur was depicted at this year’s Coachella festival.
“I thought about it but everybody is doing it now,” Daltrey said. “I don’t know whether we need it. And it’s only a gimmick. We were very good on gimmicks in the 70s but I think we can leave it alone now.”