THE WHO Announce UK / Europe Arena Tour
have announced a 12-date arena tour of the UK and Europe. They
will perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its
entirety, along with a selection of Who classics. The UK tour follows
hot off the heels of their hugely successful North American, tour. Quadrophenia
was The Who’s second rock opera (after Tommy), raising
the bar for rock albums as an art form. It hit #2 on the UK album chart
and massively influenced the future of UK style, fashion and culture –
from Paul Weller to Bradley Wiggins, from Paul Smith to Noel Gallagher.
The album’s title is a variation on the popular usage of the medical
diagnostic term schizophrenia and exemplifies the four varying
personalities of the original band members. Quadrophenia features such
classic Who songs as 'The Real Me', '5:15' and 'Love Reign o’er Me'.
The movie of Quadrophenia (1979) has become a cult classic, starring
a young Sting, Phil Daniels, Ray Winstone, Trevor Laird and Lesley Ash. John Lydon
(Rotten) was screen tested for a part, but the idea was
dropped when insurance became an issue! Quadrophenia became one of the
key influential, independent British movies, alongside other gritty real
life films (known as ‘angry young man films’), like Scum, The
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner and Look Back In Anger.
This new concert version of Quadrophenia, personally directed by
Roger Daltrey, focuses on the original album and replaces the narrative
used in previous stage versions with powerful imagery projected on an
array of massive screens, designed to support, complement and propel the
musical content of the work by setting it in the context of the history
of the band. This is achieved to startling effect.
The Who’s 12-date tour in the UK (including Belfast) and in Dublin,
Paris and Amsterdam features founding members ROGER DALTREY
who will be joined by Zak Starkey
(drums), Pino Palladino
(bass), Simon Townshend
(guitar/backing vocals), John Corey
(keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes
director, keyboards/backing vocals).
8 - Dublin, Ireland - The O2
10 - Belfast, Ireland - Odyssey
12 - Glasgow, Scotland - SECC
15 - London, England - The O2
18 - Sheffield, England - Motorpoint Arena
20 - Newcastle, England - Metro Arena
23 - Manchester, England - Arena
25 - Cardiff, England - Motorpoint Arena
28 - Birmingham, England - LG Arena
30 - Liverpool, England - Echo ArenaJuly
3 - Paris, France - Bercy
5 - Amsterdam, Holland - Ziggo Dome
A special fan pre-sale runs from 9 AM, GMT today, January 29th for
the UK gigs, from 10 AM, CET, for Paris and January 30th for Amsterdam.
Click here for details and more information.