Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Who announce U.S. tour; band visits Orlando in November

The Who's lone original members, chief songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Pete Townshend and lead singer Roger Daltrey, are taking "Quadrophenia" and other favorites from the band's rich past on the road this fall.

The U.S. tour will follow a performance at the Olympic Games in London.

Townshend and Daltrey made the announcement Wednesday during an online video conference.

The Who's classic 1973 album "Quadrophenia" will be played in its entirety.

The tour kicks off in Sunrise on Nov. 1 and then visits the Amway Center in Orlando Nov. 3, a Saturday, before heading north through Georgia.

American Express presale for the U.S. dates runs July 23-26 and July 23-25 in Canada before the general public on sale 10 a.m. July 27.

Tickets for the tour will be available at

It will be The Who's first North American tour in four years. The band played a rescheduled date at Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa in 2007, after a cancellation during the first song.   

Townshend on “Quadrophenia”

Why do you think the music, the themes of “Quadrophenia”–both the album and film adaptation–resonate so strongly today? 

In 1972 I was twenty-eight, writing about London and Brighton in 1963 and 1964 when the band was just starting. I was still young enough to remember how it felt to be sixteen or seventeen, and at war with my parents, bosses and authority. I could still remember that feeling of struggling to fit in, something that happened to me when I was even younger, around fourteen, and everyone around me seemed to have got their lives on track. This is such a universal experience for young people that it has echoed. 

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—Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who are shown (top) during their performance at the Hyde Park Music Festival, in London in this July 2, 2006 file photo. MAX NASH, FILE — AP Photo