The Who wrap up its incredibly successful Quadrophenia & More Tour tonight (February 26th) at Providence, Rhode Island's Dunkin' Donuts Center. Although it's the band's last proper show on the North American tour, on Thursday night (February 28th) they'll join Elvis Costello at Manhattan's Theater At Madison Square Garden for the Teen Cancer America Benefit. The tour has been relatively smooth sailing for the band, despite longtime drummer -- and Ringo Starr's son -- Zak Starkey being forced to sit out six gigs due to a pulled tendon. Roger Daltrey's solo drummer Scott Devours was deputized at the last minute and helped keep the show on the road.
Pete Townshend told us that for Quadrophenia, when writing and demoing the material, he simply followed the same template he had used for the Who's previous projects: "I put my brain into gear, y'know, get my guitar and keyboards out, go into my studio, and then try to start to serve the band in response. And I'd done it a few times. Y'know, I'd done it in the early days with a bunch of pop singles, I'd done it with Tommy, I'd tried to do it again with Lifehouse -- which led to Who's Next -- and with Quadrophenia, it just landed beautifully."
- With Roger Daltrey essentially acting as Townshend's voice on his three major extended Who works -- Tommy, Lifehouse, and Quadrophenia, we asked him if there's any difference in how he preps for the different pieces in concert: "Same. I mean, I just listen to the words of the song and (I) sang it as an actor. As an actor playing the part of a guy he was trying to portray within his music. I often sang them very differently than he imagined them sung."
- The Who's new documentary, The Who: Quadrophenia - Can You See The Real Me? - The Story Behind The Album, is now available for download on iTunes.
- The film, which originally ran on the BBC before coming to VH1 Classic, gives an in-depth look at the making of -- and tour behind -- the 1973 album, featuring the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, their manager Bill Curbishley, Quadrophenia engineer Ron Nevison, early Mod "Irish Jack" Lyons, Townshend confidante and biographer Richard Barnes, and rock journalist Howie Edelson, among others.
CHECK IT OUT: The Who performing "5:15" in Chicago on November 29th, 2012:
Pete Townshend On Creating 'Quadrophenia' For The Who
Roger Daltrey On Interpreting 'Quadrophenia'