ONE of the most iconic groups the UK has ever produced is taking one of its classic works on the road again.
The Who will perform ‘Quadrophenia and more’ at venues around the UK this summer – including the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Thursday, June 20.
The tour follows a hugely-successful North American jaunt, praised by press and fans alike as probably the definitive interpretation of their famous 1973 double album.
Their second rock opera (after Tommy), it raised the bar for albums as an art form, rising to No2 in the UK chart and influencing future style and fashion gurus such as Paul Weller, Paul Smith and Noel Gallagher.
It features such classic Who songs as The Real Me, 5:15 and Love Reign O’er Me, and routinely figures in polls for the best rock album of all time.
The band, founded in 1964, brought together four different personalities, who, when combined, produced a musical hurricane.
There was wildman drummer Keith Moon, stoic bassist John Entwistle, windmilling guitarist Pete Townshend and, above it all, the macho swagger of singer Roger Daltrey.
The album was later made into a musical and a film (starring a young Sting, Phil Daniels, Ray Winstone, and Lesley Ash), and was a key part of the late ’70s Mod revival.
The eight-date UK tour will see surviving founder members Townshend and Daltrey joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar), John Corey (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards) and musical director Frank Simes.
Quadrophenia’s writer Townsend said: “It seems many of the first fans of the album don’t want to let it go; it connects them now, just as it did the band, with the important emotions and frustrations of growing up, the poignancy of it all.
“The film took the musical journey into the real world, and gave it flesh.
“I 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.
“The real high point for me is always the final song, Love Reign O’er Me.’
“We plan to close the show with a few of the really well-known anthems, and maybe some last-minute surprises.
“These will be as much a surprise to me as to our audience, because this is an area I tend to leave to Roger; he’s very good at it.”
Tickets priced £60, £65 and £70, go on sale at 9am on Friday from the booking hotline (0844) 493 6666, and from 10am in person at the Arena box office.