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November 2, 2012

The Who kick off ‘Quadrophenia and More’ tour

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The Who kicked off their ‘Quadrophenia and More’ tour at a packed out BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida last night in true Who style.


They gave a stunning performance of Quadrophenia, with some great musical moments, including blistering guitar solos by Pete Townshend, and visuals and staging directed by Roger Daltrey.  The central idea behind Roger’s concept was to go back to its original idea. Jimmy, the central character’ was a character with four personalities, each loosely based on the four original band members of The Who – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend (the surviving members) and Keith Moon and John Entwistle (sadly departed).


The visuals reflected the history of the band and the context of that history. It was as if the Roger and Pete of now are looking back, with the audience, at The Who of yesteryear.


At two key points, famous performances by John Entwistle and Keith Moon were worked into the visuals, to the delight of the audience.


The audience were less delighted, however, when Pete Townshend walked offstage towards the end of the second half of the performance and didn’t come back.  This was due to sound problems, which rendered the volume levels too high, but which will be sorted out for the next shows.


(It wouldn’t be a Who tour if there wasn’t some drama. And hats off to support act Vintage Trouble. What a warm up set. Don’t miss them! – Ed. the who.com)


The tour hits Orlando, Florida on Saturday, November 3rd. To buy tickets for this and/or other gigs on the tour, click  HERE. 


For pics from the Sunrise show and to post your own pics and comments, if you were there, click HERE.









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23 Responses to The Who kick off ‘Quadrophenia and More’ tour

Arielle says: May 23, 2013 at 8:01 am

I need to to thank you for this very good read!!
I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have you book-marked to check out new things you post…

Harry L says: November 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I had the great fortune of being right up front 10-15 feet from Pete and it was dissapointing that he played lead for just a few minutes during the show (whoever wrote the review on the Who home page and said Pete ripped it, was not at the same show. I did see him cut his hand very early in the show (blood on his guitar was very evident), but he still should have been a professional and worked through it. It was a great show that could have been even better. Wish I could see a show that Pete is in a good state. Oh well, you can’t win them all

Guillermo says: November 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I Came all the way from México to liste to the who’s Quadrophenia. It is a shame tha Mr. Townsend walked out just because his guitar wan’t tunned. I mean we are NOT dealing with a 18 year old brat, we are talking about a ‘profesional’ musician. He should be thankful that after all this years his music is still been heard! It’s a gift what he has, he should cherish it and be thankful for it.
Thanks to the rest of the band and thank God their instruments were tunned.

Paul heller says: November 5, 2012 at 12:45 am

It was an amazing show. I had goosebumps with the finale. I was disappointed that Pete Townsend walked off the stage. I paid good money to see a full concert. I so much want toed to hear Wont Get Fooled Again.


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