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Monday, 28 January 2013

The Who to play Quadrophenia in full on UK tour

It’s enough to leave you out of your brain on the 5:15.

The Who have announced that they’ll be performing their iconic album Quadrophenia in full on their upcoming UK tour.

The band are set to embark on a 10-date tour on June 8, kicking off with a show at Dublin’s O2 and finishing at the Liverpool Echo Arena on June 30.

The new concert version of Quadrophenia will be directed by Roger Daltrey and combines the music with - and I quote - ‘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’.

That's bloody awesome to the likes of you and me.

Original members Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), John Corey (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals) during the tour.

Quadrophenia was released in 1973 and featured tracks like The Real Me, 5:15 and Love Reign o’er Me.

It was later turned into a film starring Sting, Phil Davis and Toyah Willcox in 1979, and has been a successful stage show, too.

As well as Quadrophenia, Daltrey and Townshend are working up a setlist containing many of the band's greatest hits and some surprise rarities.

Tickets for The Who’s 2013 tour go on sale this Friday at 9am.

The Who’s UK tour dates are: Dublin The O2 (June 8), Belfast Odyssey (10), Glasgow SECC (12), London The O2 (15), Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (18), Newcastle Metro Arena (20), Manchester Arena (23), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (25), Birmingham LG Arena (28) and Liverpool Echo Arena (30).

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