“We’ve been anxious to work together before we drop dead.” Those were the words of Pete Townsend in a London press conference he had with Roger Daltrey yesterday. A solid statement considering that only half of the bands original lineup is still living. Infamous drummer Keith Moon died in 1978 and bass player/fashionista John Entwistle in 2002, which has left a gap in the band to some fans. But the remaining duo seemed excited to bring these songs to the stage once more. Said Daltrey, “I don’t know how many more years I’ll be able to sing this music”. The last time the band took this album on the road was in 1996 and 1997.
Quadrophenia, released in 1973 is the band’s second rock opera and tells the story of social, musical and psychological happenings from a teenage perspective, taking place in London and Brighton in 1964-1965. The album reached #2 on both the US Billboard and the UK charts and marked the highest they’d ever hit on the US charts. Songs such as “The Real Me”, “Cut My Hair” and “Drowned” make up the 2 disc tale of self discovery. The band has performed the album live on a few occasions with special guests including Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.
The high energy feel of the album combined with the band The Who have put together for this tour should make for an exciting show. The band has also said they will be performing other songs during this tour as well. Townsend is undoubtedly excited to be playing these songs again saying, “I really love playing all of it. It’s a unique piece for me.” It will also be a great way to celebrate the bands honor of being featured in the finale of this years Summer Olympics in London, for which they wrote some music for.
As of now the band lineup for the shows will be Daltrey and Townsend with Zak Starkey (drums), legend Pino Palladion (bass), Simon Townsend (Pete’s younger brother on guitar/backing vocals) and Chris Stainton, Loren Gold and Frank Simes all on keyboards.
The band will stop by the TD Garden in Boston on November 16th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 20th at 10a.m. and will be available for purchase here.