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January 28, 2013

The Who Announce Tour of UK and More



THE WHO have announced a 12 date arena tour of the UK and Europe. They will perform their iconic 1973 double album QUADROPHENIA in its entirety, along with a selection of WHO classics. The UK tour follows hot off the heels of their 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 realized albums,” writes Rolling Stone, “but it’s never quite gotten the live show it deserves – until now”.


QUADROPHENIA was The Who’s second rock opera (after Tommy), raising the bar for rock albums as an art form. It 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 original band members. IGN placed QUADROPHENIA at No. 1 on its list of the greatest classic rock albums of all time and Q magazine placed it on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. QUADROPHENIA  features such classic WHO songs as “The Real Me,” “5:15” and “Love Reign o’er Me.”


The movie of QUADROPHENIA (1979) has become a cult classic, starring 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! QUADROPHENIA became one of the key influential, independent British movies, alongside other gritty real life films (known as ‘angry young man films’), like “Scum”, “The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner” and “Look Back In Anger”.


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 12-date  tour in the UK (including Belfast) and in Dublin, Paris and Amsterdam 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).




June 8th            Dublin: The O2

June 10th          Belfast: Odyssey

June 12th          Glasgow: SECC

June 15th          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 3rd             Paris: Bercy

July 5th              Amsterdam: Ziggo Dome


A special Fan Pre-sale runs from 0900 GMT, Jan. 29 for the UK gigs, from 1000 CET, Jan. 29 for Paris and Jan. 30 for Amsterdam.


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The general ticket sale begins on 1st February 9am from www.aeglive.co.uk/




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137 Responses to The Who Announce Tour of UK and More

Adrija G. says: April 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thank you for being such a companion to many of us in the world who find teenage a big problem. I’m in my late teens now, and after hearing Quadrophenia I knew I am not alone.

#respect :)

Jim Dawson says: March 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Saw the Who do Quadrophenia for the 2nd time in December 2012 in Newark NJ. It was the 15th time I’ve seen them which began in 1967. One of the TRULY great, innovative, classic rock bands of all time. Without pretense, and with many of their activities sponsoring charitable
endeavors, the WHO are consummate professionals and always give the audience full value for the money spent. The creative genius to conceive, document and perform Tommy , Quadrophenia and all the other classics is almost, if not, unparalled in rock history. My kid –now 37 — listens to the WHO and the great 60s-70s bands much more so than she does her “contemporary” bands—because she says the music is truly “memorable” and speaks to us about life. The WHO has established a musical legacy unlikely to be matched. How fortunate are we to experience it all !!!!!

GlynnH says: March 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

1963 Morecambe Winter Gardens. Me and my best mate Kenny see the Who live for the first time as young mods. 50years later we are still at it, this time in Manchester, but now we are OAP,s!! Keep the faith.


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