STATE – The Who, one of rock’s legendary and defining bands, have announced a major North American arena tour where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with a selection of other classic material. Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).
The tour includes two New Jersey dates: Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Prudential Center in Newark and Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. A show is also scheduled for Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Subscribed members of The Who’s official fan club will be given priority access to purchase tickets for the upcoming “Quadrophenia” tour. The offer begins at 10 a.m. on July 20 and expires July 22 at 10 p.m.. All current members of the official The Who Fan Club, as well as any new members who join, will be given an exclusive member’s only code that will activate the offer. Membership is available at fanclub.TheWho.com.
The American Express presale for the U.S. dates runs July 23-26 and July 23-25 in Canada before the general public on sales beginning on Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m.
The AEG-promoted 36-date tour, the band’s first North American tour in four years, kicks off November 1 in Sunrise, Fla. with an initial six-week run. The Who will return in late January with more dates commencing Jan. 28, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets for the tour will be available at www.aeglive.com
In advance of the tour, a special one-night in-theater screening of “The Who: Quadrophenia-Can You See The Real Me?” The Story Behind The Album is set for Tuesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. local time nationwide. Beginning with a special welcome message from lead guitarist Pete Townshend, the documentary takes fans on a ride back to the 1970s when The Who’s creative musical genius was taking the world music stage by storm. Packed with never-before-seen stories, including the well-known onstage collapse of drummer Keith Moon during the tour’s first show, the evening will also feature additional performances of songs from “Quadrophenia” including the classic, “Love Reign O’er Me.” More details can be found at www.FathomEvents.com.
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