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Pete Townsend Feels 'Quadrophenia' Is The Who's Crowning Achievement
Friday, October 5, 2012
Pete Townsend Feels 'Quadrophenia' Is The Who's Crowning Achievement
Pete Townshend is gearing up for a busy fall. On October 8th his long awaited autobiography, Who I Am, will be published and he'll embark on a mini-book signing tour, before kicking off the Who's 37-date Quadrophenia & More Tour on November 1st in Sunrise, Florida at Bank Atlantic Center.
 
Townshend, who recently returned to the band's 1973 Quadrophenia album while compiling last year's "Director's Cut" box set and filming the BBC documentary on the album, Can You See The Real Me?, feels that on nearly every level, Quadrophenia features the Who at their best -- including his finest hour as their leader and primary songwriter: "My pop songwriting method is most elegantly landed in Quadrophenia, which is, y'know, this thing of creating a turn-key -- they offer you an apartment and you walk in, you have a key, you turn the key, you walk in and everything that you need is there; the beds, the linen, the cups, the saucers, the cutlery -- that kind of thing. I wanted to write songs which -- and be in a band, as well -- where audience members felt they could occupy and inhabit. It belongs to (laughs) them. And I think that with Quadrophenia, I kinda pulled that off as well as I've ever done it, I think."
 
Pete Townshend's Who I Am book appearances include the following stops:
October 8 - New York, NY - New York Public Library (private event)
October 9 - New York, NY - Union Square Barnes & Noble
October 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Free Library 
October 11 - Ridgewood, NJ - Bookends 
October 12 - Boston, MA - Barnes & Noble in Prudential Center
October 12 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
 
The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):
November 1 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center 
November 3 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center 
November 5 - Duluth, GA - The Arena At Gwinnett Center 
November 8 - Greenville, SC - Bi-Lo Center 
November 9 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum 
November 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 
November 13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 
November 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center 
November 16 - Boston, MA - TD Garden 
November 20 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 
November 21 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place 
November 23 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 
November 24 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena 
November 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center 
November 29, 30 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena 
December 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 
December 5 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena 
December 6 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center 
December 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center 
December 9 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 
January 28 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center 
January 30 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center 
February 1 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena 
February 2 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center 
February 5 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center 
February 6 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena 
February 8 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino 
February 12 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 
February 14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 
February 16 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center 
February 17 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center 
February 19 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum 
February 21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
February 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 
February 24 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
February 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center

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