added: 28 Jan 2013 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
THE WHO has announced a UK arena tour where they'll perform their iconic 1973 double album QUADROPHENIA in its entirety, along with a selection of WHO classics.
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 starred 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).
THE WHO QUADROPHENIA AND MORE UK TOUR 2013:
June 8th Dublin The O2
June 10th Belfast Odyssey
June 12th Glasgow SECC
June 15rd London The O2
June 18th Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
June 20th Newcastle Metro Arena
June 23rd Manchester Arena
June 25th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
June 28th Birmingham LG Arena
June 30th Liverpool Echo Arena
Check out the Music-News.com exclusive interview as Pete Townshend talks Quorophenia to our very own Marco Gandolfi after an acoustic performance at the Royal Albert Hall.