The Who haven’t windmilled their way through North America in four years, but that drought is about to come to an end. The surviving members of the band – guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey – announced today that they will be embarking on a tour through the continent showcasing their legendary 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.
Though Tommy has always had a much greater following (and had a genuine hit attached to it in “Pinball Wizard”), it’s only one of a series of rock operas constructed by the Who over the course of their career. Quadrophenia doesn’t have as clean a narrative as Tommy, but it does showcase the band’s legendarily dynamic sound. Set in London in the ’60s, it’s an exploration of mental illness told through the eyes of a British teenager.
The jaunt is set to kick off on Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., and continue into 2013.
The band will be rounded out by six more players, including Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey on drums and Townshend’s younger brother Simon on guitar. In case anybody needs a primer on Quadrophenia, there will be one of those one-night-only simulcasts in movie theaters next Tuesday, July 24. The Who: Quadrophenia — Can You See the Real Me? will feature a live introduction by Townshend and is a deep-dive into the creation and legacy of one of the best rock operas of all time (not forgetting there are only about three good ones).
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, July 27, with a pre-sale a week earlier on July 20.