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
- Unconfirmed reports claims that the Who will play a nine-date UK arena tour during the last half of June.
- TheWho.com reported that on Saturday (January 26th) Pete Townshend was honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards. Previous recipients of the award include Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Lindsey Buckingham, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Neil Young, and Robbie Robertson.
- Out now by author John Basil is the Who-tinged coming of age story, Let Me Wear Your Coat. The description on Amazon.com gives a taste of growing up in the 1979-1980 academic year -- a particularly big year for the Who, who released two films -- The Kids Are Alright and Quadrophenia, embarked on their first major tour since the death of Keith Moon the previous September, lived through the death of 11 fans prior to their December 3rd, 1979 concert -- along with the release of Pete Townshend's Empty Glass solo album in April 1980.
- The book's description reads in part: "The academic curriculum is college prep and the student body hosts house parties every weekend, yet 14-year-old Neil Bricker can't imagine a worse high school to attend than East Hill Regional. Shy and wholly disinterested in the opposite sex, Neil is unable to connect with his new, wealthy classmates. Instead, the New Jersey teen devotes his energies to his two favorite passions: the British rock 'n' roll group, the Who, and sports -- the latter, serving as a barometer for his fragile self-esteem.
- Set during the 1979-80 academic year, Let Me Wear Your Coat offers a poignant, painful and humorous take on an era where concert t-shirts, cut-off jeans and feathered hair were in style, and will strike a chord with not only adults who grew up during that time period, but today's teenagers, as well."
CHECK IT OUT: For ordering information, log on to Amazon.com, or go to the author's site at: http://letmewearyourcoat.wix.com/letmewearyourcoat#!untitled/cnec
CHECK IT OUT: The Who performing "Sea And Sand" live in Chicago on November 29th, 2012:
Pete Townshend On 'Jimmy' Losing All In 'Quadrophenia'
Roger Daltrey On The Difference Between 'Tommy' And 'Quadrophenia'
NME reports The Who to play "Quadrophenia" in full on UK and Ireland arena tour