From Rolling Stone.com:
The Who have announced they will embark on a 36-date Quadrophenia tour this fall, performing their 1973 rock opera in its entirety. The band’s first North American tour in four years will kick off on November 1st in Sunrise, Florida, and wrap on February 26th in Providence, Rhode Island.
The band last took Quadrophenia on the road in 1996 and 1997. “We’ve been anxious to work together before we drop dead,” Townshend said in a press conference with bandmate Roger Daltrey in London today. Added Daltrey, “I don’t know how many more years I’ll be able to sing this music.” (He’s made similar comments before: In 1982, when the Who announced a farewell tour of the U.S., Daltrey told Rolling Stone, “I feel that our type of rock & roll is prehistoric . . . The gesture of a last tour is a good, positive thing.”)
In a statement, Pete Townshend said, “I really love playing all of it. It’s a unique piece for me in that. Some Who music is nightmarish to perform live. Roger has some very tough songs to sing, and he must have preferences. But for me on guitar, everything falls under the fingers. It flows naturally, and I always feel proud of my achievement as the writer, that I put it all together and gave the band a third wind.”
Before heading out on tour, the band will be featured in the finale of the Olympics. “We’ve recorded a piece of music which I think is a fabulous ending for the Olympics,” Daltrey said. “This country put some fabulous music into the world. It wasn’t really about the Who being a on a TV show. It’s about just making great music that is applicable to the end of that event, where you’ve had people who have given the last eight years of their lives to be there on that field doing their thing.”
The lineup for the Who’s upcoming tour includes Daltrey and Townshend backed by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals) and Chris Stainton, Loren Gold and Frank Simes (keyboards).
At the press conference, Townshend updated fans on his upcoming memoir, due this fall – and made a dirty joke about his buddy Mick Jagger.
Tickets will go on sale via the Who’s official fan club 10 a.m. on July 20 and will go on sale to the public Friday July 25th.
Here are the upcoming tour dates:
11/1 Sunrise, FL – BankAtlantic Center
11/3 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
11/5 Duluth, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center
11/8 Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center
11/9 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
11/11 Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Arena
11/13 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
11/14 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
11/16 Boston, MA – TD Garden
11/20 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre (on sale 7/28)
11/23 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
11/24 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
11/27 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
11/29 Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
12/2 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
12/5 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
12/6 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
12/8 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
12/9 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
1/28 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
1/30 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
2/1 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
2/2 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
2/5 San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
2/6 Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena
2/8 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/12 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
2/14 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
2/16 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Arena
2/17 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
2/19 Hamiltion, ON – Copps Coliseum
2/21 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
2/22 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwak Hall
2/24 Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
2/26 Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center
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The Who’s new DVD, “At Kilburn 1977” shows me just how great this band was live. The sleeve on this DVD calls this disc the holy grail for The Who fans, and I would have to agree.
I didn’t expect the 30 year old footage to be very good, but I was surprised at the quality of the video and audio of this show. This was the first time I have ever seen the late Keith Moon behind the drum kit. His performance shines on this DVD. Not only is Keith Moon an incredible drummer, but he sings a ton of the back up vocals as well. What an amazing talent this guy was.
The Who is obviously a lot more than just Mr. Moon. I got a kick out of seeing Pete Townshend rocking out on stage with his crazy dancing (with guitar in hand), and I really enjoyed the vocals of Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle.
The video footage on the second DVD is pretty bad quality. The video was shot in December 1969, and sat in The Who vault for years. Even though the video quality is poor, it is still worth watching, just to see The Who in their prime. Having the first recorded live performance of The Who rock opera “Tommy” is worth the price of admission all by itself.
If you are a fan of The Who, this is a must see, must own DVD. If you have never seen The Who before, this DVD will make you a fan! Buy it!
You can purchase this DVD in the HRH Music Store, at this link.
Disc #1 — The Who at Kilburn: 1977
1. I Can’t Explain
3. Baba O’Riley
4. My Wife
5. Behind Blue Eyes
6. Dreaming From the Waist
7. Pinball Wizard
8. I’m Free
9. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
10. Summertime Blues
11. Shakin’ All Over
12. My Generation
13. Join Together
14. Who Are You
15. Won’t Get Fooled Again
16. End Credits
Disc #2 — The Who at the Coliseum: 1969
1. Heaven and Hell
2. I Can’t Explain
3. Fortune Teller
5. Young Man Blues
6. A Quick One While He’s Away
7. Happy Jack
8. I’m a Boy
9. There’s a Doctor
10. Go to the Mirror
11. I’m Free
12. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
13. See Me, Feel Me
14. Summertime Blues
15. Shakin’ All Over
16. My Generation
17. End Credits
Tommy Live Performance
1. A Quick One While He’s Away: Introduction
2. A Quick One While He’s Away: A Quick One While He’s Away
3. Tommy: Overture
4. Tommy: It’s a Boy
5. Tommy: 1921
6. Tommy: Amazing Journey
7. Tommy: Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)
8. Tommy: Christmas
9. Tommy: Acid Queen
10. Tommy: Pinball Wizard
11. Tommy: Do You Think It’s Alright?
12. Tommy: Fiddle About
13. Tommy: Tommy, Can You Hear Me?
14. Tommy: There’s a Doctor
15. Tommy: Go to the Mirror
16. Tommy: Smash the Mirror
17. Tommy: Miracle Cure
18. Tommy: Sally Simpson
19. Tommy: I’m Free
The Who is:
Roger Daltrey – Vocals
Pete Townshend – Guitars
John Entwistle – Bass and Vocals
Keith Moon – Drums and Vocals
In an historic acknowledgement of the depth and breadth of British rock influence in the fabric of American culture, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has selected founding members of legendary British rock band The Who, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, to be among the distinguished honorees who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors of 2008.
On Sunday, December 7th, in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the remaining two members of one of rock’s most vital and influential musical forces will be joined by four other recipients to be honored at the 31st annual national celebration of the arts: actor Morgan Freeman, singer George Jones, director, actress, singer, writer, composer and producer Barbra Streisand, and choreographer Twyla Tharp.
The recognition of The Who will mark the first time a rock band has ever received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor. Previous British honorees include, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, among others. The 2008 honorees will be seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Bush, accepting the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.
“As the heart and soul of the seminal band The Who, songwriters and singers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey transformed the sights and sounds of rock and roll,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman.
“This is a great thrill,” stated Mr. Townshend. “Since the Who began in the early ’60s we have loved American music and audiences and have made deep and lasting friendships with everyone involved in the industry there. Roger and I both feel our work in the United States has been as important as our work at home. Because our medium rock music is quintessentially American music with broad and deep international and multicultural roots, this honour is especially meaningful to us Brits.”
Mr. Daltrey also commented: “As a teenager growing up in the austerity of post-war England, it was the music I heard emanating from America that gave me a dream to hang my life on. To make music and make it there. I am deeply touched at receiving this honour, the warmth and affection I feel from our US audience is humbling indeed. To be added to the list of past recipients of this award makes that dream come true.”
The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year, and its broadcast on CBS is a high point of the holiday television season. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Network for the 31st consecutive year as a two-hour prime time special on Tuesday, December 30 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Produced by George Stevens Jr., the 2008 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, Nashville, and the arts capitals of the world. The President and Mrs. Bush will receive the Honorees and members of the Artists Committee, who nominate them, along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House prior to the gala performance. The 2008 Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a supper dance in the Grand Foyer.
Coinciding with this honor, The Who At Kilburn: 1977 is now available on DVD & Blu-Ray from Image Entertainment. One of the last filmed performances with all the band’s original members showcases them in top form performing many of their biggest hits.
See below for links to the trailer and the DVDs press release.
In 1989, The Scorpions did a cover of the Who song, I Can’t Explain. This is on the Scorpions CD, The Best of Rockers and Ballads.
If you prefer the original song, here is the Who version from 1965.
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – The third annual “VH1 Rock Honors” event will celebrate The Who, with the music cable network hosting a tribute concert in Los Angeles on July 12.
The Who, led by guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey, will take the stage at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion; VH1 has not revealed the names of the participants.
The concert will air on VH1, VH1 Classic and hi-def network MHD on July 17 at 9 p.m.
Besides live performances, “VH1 Rock Honors” will include spoken tributes and video packages dedicated to the band.
Last year’s “VH1 Rock Honors,” held in Las Vegas, paid tribute to Genesis, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top.
Courtesy of Reuters/Billboard