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.
In 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 fanclub.thewho.com), 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 fathomevents.com.
"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.