The Who will take ‘Quadrophenia’ on the road in 2012

The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be coming to North America to perform the entire “Quadrophenia” double album and other Who classic songs starting in November.

Daltrey and Townshend announced the plans during a video conference July 18. This will be the duo’s first North American tour dates in four years.

The Who Tour Announcement

The Who's Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend announced 2012 tour plans via videoconference.

Tickets will be on sale for the general public available starting at 10 a.m. July 27, 2012, according to a news release. Members of The Who’s official fan club will get exclusive access to purchase tickets between 10 a.m. July 20, 2012,  and 10 p.m. July 22, 2012. An American Express presale offers will run from July 23-26 in the U.S. and July 23 to 25 in Canada.

Joining Who founders Daltrey and Townshend are Zak Starkey on drums; Pino Palladino on bass; Chris Stainton on keyboards; Loren Gold on keyboards and backing vocals and Simon Townshend on guitar/backing vocals. Frank Simes will serve as the tour’s musical director, as well as playing keyboards and singing backing vocals.

A special one-night, in-theater screening of the documentary “The Who: Quadrophenia — Can You See the Real Me? The Story Behind The Album” will be offered July 24 in the U.S. and Aug. 1 in Canada. The documentary takes fans back to the 1970s, when The Who’s creative musical genius was taking the world music stage by storm. Packed with never-before-seen stories, including the well-known onstage collapse of drummer Keith Moon during the tour’s first show, the evening will also feature additional performances of songs from “Quadrophenia” including the classic, “Love Reign O’er Me.”  More details can be found at www.FathomEvents.com (U.S.) and cineplex.com/events (Canada).

Released in 1973, “Quadrophenia” was The Who’s sixth album and second rock opera. The album’s title is a variation on the popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia and exemplifies the four varying personalities of the band members who created the album. It features such classic Who songs as “The Real Me,” “5:15″ and “Love Reign O’er Me.”

Tour dates, cities and venues are:

Nov. 1, 2012: Sunrise, Fla., BankAtlantic Center
Nov. 3: Orlando, Fla., Amway Center
Nov. 5: Duluth, Ga., The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Nov. 8: Greenville, S.C., Bi-Lo Center
Nov. 9: Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 11: Pittsburgh, CONSOL Energy Arena
Nov. 13: Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Nov. 14: Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
Nov. 16: Boston, TD Garden
Nov. 20: Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Nov. 21: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Scotiabank Place
Nov. 23: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
Nov. 24: Detroit, Joe Louis Arena
Nov. 27: Minneapolis, Target Center
Nov. 29: Chicago, Allstate Arena
Dec. 2: Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 5: New York, Madison Square Garden
Dec. 6: Newark, N.J., Prudential Center
Dec. 8: Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 9: Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena
Jan. 28: Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
Jan. 30: Los Angeles, STAPLES Center
Feb. 1: Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
Feb. 2: Reno, Nev., Reno Events Center
Feb. 5: San Diego, Valley View Casino Center
Feb. 6: Glendale, Ariz., Jobing.com Arena
Feb. 8: Las Vegas, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Feb. 12: Denver, Pepsi Center
Feb. 14: Tulsa, Okla., BOK Center
Feb. 16: Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Arena
Feb. 17: Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
Feb. 19: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Copps Coliseum
Feb. 21: Uniondale, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum
Feb. 22: Atlantic City, N.J., Boardwalk Hall
Feb. 24: Manchester, N.H., Verizon Wireless Arena
Feb. 26: Providence, R.I., Dunkin’ Donuts Center

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