THE WHO will be rounding off their sold out UK QUADROPHENIA AND MORE tour with a special show in aid of the Double O charity at Wembley Arena on July 8th.
THE WHO will perform their iconic 1973 double album QUADROPHENIA in its entirety, along with a selection of WHO classics. The UK tour follows on from a hugely successful North American, tour, praised by press and fans alike as probably the definitive interpretation of Quadrophenia and “a rock 'n' roll lover's dream come true” (Telegram.com, Boston). “QUADROPHENIA is their (The Who’s) boldest and most fully realised albums,” writes Rolling Stone, “but it's never quite gotten the live show it deserves – until now”.
The Double O charity was established by THE WHO in 1976 to focus on drug and alcohol damage, domestic violence, sexual abuse, music education, emergency relief for International disasters and young people’s prison reform and has donated over £4 million since it’s inception.
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. IGN placed QUADROPHENIA at No. 1 on its list of the greatest classic rock albums of all time and Q magazine placed QUADROPHENIA on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It features such classic WHO songs as “The Real Me,” “5:15” and “Love Reign o’er Me.”
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. This is achieved to startling effect. “Quadrophenia and its coming-of-age story unfolded in songs that blended nuance and noise, a spectacle grand and gritty,” writes the Orlando Sentinel.
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 16th 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
July 8th London Wembley Arena
Tickets will be on sale on 15th March 9am from www.aeglive.co.uk/ here