The Who will bring 'Quadrophenia' to Consol in November


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"The Wall" won't be the only '70s concept album performed at Consol Energy Center in 2012.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the surviving members of The Who, will bring the 1973 album "Quadrophenia" to the venue on Nov. 11.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 27 at www.aeglive.com. Members of The Who's official fan club will be given priority access to purchase tickets. The offer begins at 10 a.m. July 20 and expires at 10 p.m. July 22. Membership is available at fanclub.TheWho.com. The American Express presale runs July 23-26.

In a ustream video conference with the media yesterday, Pete Townshend said that it's been four years since he and singer Roger Daltrey collaborated and "We're anxious to work together before we drop dead."

He said they gravitated toward the "Quadrophenia" plan in part because it was the band at its peak and they feel the story of troubled

teenager is still relatable today. Musically, he said, "For me it's very easy. When I wrote it, I wrote it all on guitar, so everything alls under my fingers. It flows very naturally." He added, "And I p>realize it's a taxing vocal piece."

"Quadrophenia," which followed The Who's first rock opera "Tommy" by p>four years, tells the fictional story of pill-popping, scooter-riding immy Cooper who gets caught up in the clashes between the Mods and he Rockers. The 81-minute album includes such classics as "The Real Me," "5:15" and "Love Reign O'er Me," and it placed at No. 266 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 500 Albums of All Time.

It was made into a 1979 film with Sting and The Who toured the album in 1996-1997, hitting the Civic Arena on Nov. 8, 1996 with video narration and guest stars Billy Idol as Ace Face and Gary Glitter as The Godfather.

That won't happen this time. "I don't think we need guest singers," Mr. Daltrey said.

In terms of production, they aren't looking to do anything as large scale as "The Wall," but Mr. Townshend added, "As a composer, I like the idea of it being as grand as possible. [But] Roger wants to be able to really sing this story authentically, to really feel it. It's important that Roger drive the creative side of this."

The band will feature Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass),

Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).

Mr. Townshend made the curious comment that after the death of Entwistle, "there was a sense of being liberated. I don't want to make a good thing out of two deaths" he said, referring to Keith Moon as well, "but I do feel freer to explore what I did as a musician back then, but also to find new things."

He said he was working on new music but that "I don't know if you can rubber stamp it as a Who music."

Mr. Daltrey noted how he was drawn to the style of the lead character in "Quadrophenia": "Mod culture was such a clean style. It was sharp

and I really like that. Rockers were a mess, hippies were a mess and it's been a mess every since."

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Scott Mervis: smervis@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2576.


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