The Who announce summer 2013 Quadrophenia UK and Ireland arena tour

Posted: 28th January 2013
Classic rebellious Mod-rock opera and album to be performed alongside other classics, tickets on sale [01/2/2013 9:00]
The Who

Perhaps one of the '70s most defining cinema moments is portrayed in the film which launched the now-familiar faces of Phil Daniels, Sting and Leslie Ash. Brighton's seafront becoming a huge brawling ground for mods and rockers as they fought for honour and integrity, as well as avoiding 'the rozzers', is as iconic a piece of film-making as other teenage rebellion exercises like, Rebel Without a Cause, The Breakfast Club, The Great Rock and Heathers. The difference being this was about British tribal culture and it was predominantly sound-tracked by one of our most notorious bands - The Who.

The film, Quadrophenia, was inspired by the rock-opera, which was inspired in turn by the 1973 double-album of the same name. It's that rare thing - a classic double-album with little filler and all action. Songs such as "The Real Me", "The Punk and the Godfather" and the exemplary "5:15" remain timeless examples of The Who's visceral canon and never fail to raise the pulse in anyone keen on Brit-rock and its origins.

In the summer, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, Zak Starkey, Simon Townshend and Pino Palladino will form part of a massive Quadrophenia arena tour of UK and Ireland. The jaunt will include a complete rendition of the album, plus a run-through of selected Who favourites.

Relive those classic scenes from the film and the musical, as well as the record, from the first date in Dublin on 8th June, Belfast on the 10th plus shows in Glasgow, London and many more until Liverpool on the 30th.

Tickets on sale now, priced from around £60 upwards. The Quadrophenia album itself is 80 minutes so expect a 2-hr show at least. And a sell-out.

Paul Pledger