The Who kicks off the second leg of its Quadrophenia & More tour tonight (January 28th) at Anaheim, California's Honda Center. The 17-date trek will wind down on February 26th at Providence, Rhode Island's Dunkin' Donuts center. According to the Pete Townshend online fan community The Shout (p073.ezboard.com/btheshout), the Who will play a private benefit show on February 28th at New York City's Theatre at Madison Square Garden. According to online reports, a "V.I..P ticket is $2,500.00, which includes an exclusive cocktail party and deluxe tour merchandise." No official announcement has been made yet by the band.
Pete Townshend told us that Quadrophenia was never intended to be an easy listen, with it's lead character, "Jimmy," facing very real changes in drastic way: "He cast off religion, family, work, politics -- and of course, rock n' roll. He cast off everything -- the Mod movement, fashion, girls, the lot. And he ends up in a very bereft place. But it's a new beginning for him. So, although it's not a proper symphonic-through, composed piece of work, it's as close as I'm ever gonna get in my entire life.'
We asked Roger Daltrey, who's embodied the soul of both the Who's rock operas many times live onstage, if there are any definitive similarities between singing Tommy and Quadrophenia: "Not really, they're very different pieces. Quadrophenia was much more just Pete. He had this idea, and the songs, y'know, were all Pete's songs on Quadrophenia, so it was much more a Pete animal than Tommy ever was."
The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):
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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