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As the Who preps for its first North American tour in four years, the band leaked a photo of its new and improved stage featuring multiples screens onto its Twitter page under the title: "Smuggled out of the rehearsal room. . . "


CHECK IT OUT: The Who in rehearsal:

The Who kicks off its first leg of the Quadrophenia & More Tour on Thursday night (November 1st) at Sunrise, Florida's BB&T Center. The 2012 dates wind down on December 9th at Uncasville, Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena. The Who ramp up again in early 2013 for the second leg, starting things off on January 28th at Anaheim, California's Honda Center, before wrapping the tour up on February 26th in Providence, Rhode Island at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

  • Pete Townshend says that back in the mid-'60s while performing predominantly for London's Mod audiences -- like those featured in Quadrophenia -- he realized very early on that the Who's relationship with their fans differed greatly from the traditional showbiz precedents: "What we suddenly realized is that we weren't speaking for our audience, our audience were telling us what to say. Now, that's a very, very, different process. And it's one that I discovered when I was very, very young, it's one that I continue to honor today. So what I'm trying to do is, when people say to me, 'Hey Pete, your songs are very personal. How do you think that Roger can feel about singing them?' Roger can sing them 'cause they're not personal at all. My songs are your songs."


  • For Quadrophenia, Pete Townshend created a song cycle chronicling the life of "Jimmy" -- a pill-popping fashion conscious R&B loving "Mod" from London in the mid-'60s. The album focused on Jimmy's battles with his parents, the mod nightlife, his demeaning office job, and the mods' legendary beach rumbles against their cultural nemesis, the "Rockers."
  • The character of Jimmy was supposed to represent the four facets of the Who: Keith Moon (insane), John Entwistle (romantic), Roger Daltrey (bad), and Pete Townshend (good).
  • The Who originally released Quadrophenia on October 19th, 1973 with the double record set peaking at Number Two on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • The album featured such classics as "The Real Me," "5:15," "I'm One," "The Punk And The Godfather," "Drowned," "Sea And Sand," and "Love Reign O'er Me."

CHECK IT OUT: The Who live in 1981 performing "Drowned":

Pete Townshend On His Relationship With His Audience

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