This fall, The Who will kick off their Quadrophenia tour. The group, who haven’t toured in four years, will begin the 36-date trip in Sunrise, FL on November 1. The tour is scheduled to wrap up on February 26 in Providence, RI.
The English rock band rose to fame in the 1960s with a series of hit singles. The band has gone on to release 17 top ten albums, and become a household name in the United Kingdom and United States.
This North American tour will highlight their album “Quadrophenia.” The rock-opera album was originally released in 1973 and told the story of a man named “Jimmy” from Brighton, who had four different personalities. “Quadrophenia” also became a movie in 1979. The Who will perform all of the songs off the “Quadrophenia” album at each of the concerts they play during the tour in addition to other Who classics, their official website states.
Among the band members who will be performing on the tour are the two original members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. In addition, Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr, will be the drummer performing with the band. Pete Townshend’s brother, Simon, will be the guitarist, states Billboard, while Chris Stainton and Loren Gold, will be playing the keyboard. Pino Palladino will be playing the bass guitar.
Recently, The Who were chosen to perform live at the finale of the Olympics, which run from July 27 until August 12. “We’ve recorded a piece of music which I think is a fabulous ending for the Olympics,” Rolling Stone quotes Daltrey. “This country put some fabulous music into the world. It wasn’t really about The Who being on a TV show. It’s about just making great music that is applicable to the end of that event, where you’ve had people who have given the last eight years of their lives to be there on that field doing their thing.”
In addition to the tickets that are on sale for the tour, the tickets for The Who’s cancelled 1979 concert in Providence, RI will be redeemable. Over thirty years ago when the show was cancelled, Buddy Cianci, the mayor of Providence at the time, was worried for the safety of concert-goers after 11 people were killed in a stampede in Cincinnati, OH.
Any person who still has their ticket from that concert and is interested in redeeming it should contact Lawrence Lepore, the General Manager of the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence to redeem their ticket, The Washington Post states. All the money raised from redeemed tickets will support the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.
According to Rolling Stone, tickets for The Who’s North American tour went on sale on July 20 at 10 a.m. via their official fan club. Tickets went on sale to the public Friday, July 27. For any additional tour information, you can visit the band’s official website.
Last Updated on August 1, 2012 by By Kathryn Baker