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The Who touring 'Quadropehnia' in 2012, here Nov. 29

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The Who? What? When? Where?

The classic British rock band -- now a surviving duo of singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend -- will be touring the entirety of its 1973 narrative album "Quadrophenia," plus a handful of other hits, later in 2012.

The tour will reach the Chicago area Nov. 29 at the Allstate Arena.

whovideo.jpgIn a video conference with reporters on Wednesday, Daltrey and Townshend announced the tour plans and discussed the scope of the new show, which Daltrey said will be "an elaborate production" similar to Roger Waters' recent tours of "The Wall."

"We're trying to do much more visually," Daltrey said. "The whole thing is a journey I want to take people on."

"That's fantastic," Townshend said.

"Are you coming?" Dalrety joked.

"We've really struggled to do something different this time," Townshend added. "The last time we did ['Quadrophenia'] was in 1997. ... We've been anxious to work more together before we drop dead."

The '97 "Quadrophenia" tour was a straight run-through of the album, featuring more than 100 dates with special guests including David Gilmour, Gary Glitter and Billy Idol.

The new 36-date tour kicks off Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla. The band will feature Daltrey, Townshend, drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino, guitarist Simon Townshend, plus keyboardists Chris Stainton, Loren Gold and Frank Simes. Original drummer Keith Moon died in 1978, and bassist John Entwhistle died in 2002.

Fan club members get first crack at tickets beginning this weekend (details at, then American Express cardholders. Tickets will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. July 27.

Also, next week is a one-night in-theater screening of "The Who: Quadrophenia -- Can You See The Real Me?," a documentary about the making of the album. Screenings are at 8 p.m. July 24 at participating movie theaters. For information, visit

"Quadrophenia" was the sixth studio album from The Who, their second rock opera after "Tommy." The narrative tells the story of a teenage boy, Jimmy, struggling with personal issues contrasted with the tense social climate of London and Brighton in the mid-'60s. Hits from the album include "The Real Me" and "Love, Reign o'er Me."

The story was adapted into a film in 1979.

In addition to "Quadrophenia," Daltrey and Townshend said they'll throw in a few other hits, as well.

"I saw Paul McCartney recently ... and realized watching that concert that people do so much want to hear the hits," Daltrey said.

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This show will be EXACTLY 39 years to the day from the Who's "Quadrophenia" tour in 1973.

Without putting too fine a point on it...
THe November 29, 1973 Who Concert in Chicago on the "Quadrophenia" release tour was one of the defining moments of my musical life...

The cover of the album "ODDS and SODS" was taken backstage before this show...

We ended up ( after Lynryd Skynyrd killed as the opener!) in the front row.
I could have untied Townsends' combat boots.
Townsend was doing these suble things in front of the 3 Hiwatt stacks to get the COOLEST feedback sounds...(My Wife, for example)
Beck and Zappa did cool sounds with feedback as well, but Townsend was INCREDIBLE at this!
Like a conductor at an orchestral concert...what an excellent artist
he and Moon were having some kind of competition with Daltry and entwistle...they were having fun with it.
And Moon, what can I say? It was like he was on a mission to prove that the Cow Palace debacle was a fluke...
In 'wont get fooled again' when Moon kicks into the drum riff after "you know that the hypnotized never lie..." JAWDROPPING! ! So powerful, driving the song and so ,, an astonishing performance that I remember clearly to this day. (take a moment and listen to that riff)

Entwistle was like a Jack Bruce, play "continuo" and dual leads, as well as bass lines...
Have you ever listened to music being played at a swiming pool while you were underwater in the pool?
THat's what I was hearing after 15 minutes.
Not just Hearing damage...DNA damage!
Truly Great show , top to bottom..."Punk/Godfather" especially excellent sound on that one..
To be able to see the dynamics of the band- and hear their stage-level sound... I knew they would be great, but they were great in more and different ways than I imagined.
Honestly, I feel very priviledged to have experienced such an excellent performance by a band from such a vantagepoint. That had to be one of the WHO's best.
"The French Revolution show"

afterwards, when I got to the car, I turned on the radio- NOTHING! -
Damn! My mom is gonna kill me! I broke the radio...hour later, got home, just as i was turning the car off, htere was a faint sound...and it was almost half way up!
Deaf for 3 days,,, ear protection from now on...but it was great to swim in that ocean of sound...

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