The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ concert tour is up and running

The Who have hit the road with a brand-new stage set and fast-paced video footage as the band performs its 1973 double album “Quadrophenia” in concert in its entirety.

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Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform during The Who’s Quadrophenia And More World Tour opening night at BB&T Center on Nov. 1, 2012 in Sunrise, Fla. Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Who.

While the stage setup for the Quadrophenia and More tour itself is fairly stripped down, the show features a sophisticated lighting rig and multiple screens that provide footage of world events from World War II to the present day. The visuals tie in closely to the “Quadrophenia” album and movie, particularly the themes of disillusionment, teen angst and rebellion, plus social issues, as well as the beach and ocean that are pivotal in the movie.

A selection of Who classics also are performed at the concerts, which also feature guitarist Pete Townshend’s trademark windmilling and vocalist Roger Daltrey’s microphone lassoing. Supporting musicians on tour with Who founders Daltrey and Townshend are Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), John Corey (keyboards/backing vocals), Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals) and Loren Gold (keyboards).

The tour, which kicked off last week in Florida, has earned positive reviews so far for Daltrey’s vocals, Townshend’s guitar and the stage show in general. It is The Who’s first North American tour in four years. Tickets for the tour are available at www.aeglive.com

Tour dates, cities and venues are:

Nov. 8, 2012: 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, Bell Centre
Nov. 21: Ottawa, Scotiabank Place
Nov. 23: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
Nov. 24: Detroit, Joe Louis Arena
Nov. 27: Minneapolis, Target Center
Nov. 29-30: Chicago, Allstate Arena
Dec. 2: Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 5: New York City, Madison Square Garden
Dec. 6: Newark, N.J., Prudential Center
Dec. 8: Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 9: Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arean
Jan. 28, 2012: 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, Calif., Valley View Casino Center
Feb. 6: Glendale, Ariz., Jobing.com Arena
Feb. 8: Las Vegas, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and 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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