One of rock’s legendary and defining bands, The Who, have officially confirmed a brand new headline Irish Tour Date. Brining their amazing ‘Quadrophenia’ studio masterpiece to The O2 Dublin this coming June 2013, The Who shall make a welcomed return. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that The Who will be performing live on stage at The O2 Dublin on Saturday the 8th of June 2013. Tickets for The Who live at The O2 Dublin are priced from €81 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for The Who live at The O2 Dublin this coming June 8th 2013.
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Ready to tear the roof off The O2 Dublin, Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend will join forces in Ireland once again for a spectacular show where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album ‘Quadrophenia’ in its entirety, along with a selection of The Who back catalogue.
The Who 2013 tour follows on from a hugely successful North American tour, praised by press and fans alike, as probably the definitive interpretation of ‘Quadrophenia’ and “a rock ‘n’ roll lover’s dream come true” (Telegram.com, Boston). “QUADROPHENIA is their (The Who’s) boldest and most fully realized albums,” writes Rolling Stone, “but it’s never quite gotten the live show it deserves – until now”.
The critically acclaimed Quadrophenia marked The Who’s second rock opera (after Tommy), raised the bar for rock albums as an art form, hit #2 on the UK album chart and massively influenced the future of UK style, fashion and culture – from Paul Weller to Bradley Wiggins, from Paul Smith to Noel Gallagher. 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. IGN placed The Who’s Quadrophenia at No. 1 on its list of the greatest classic rock albums of all time, and Q magazine placed Quadrophenia on its list of the 100 greatest British albums… ever! It features such classic Who songs as ‘The Real Me,’ ’5:15′ and ‘Love Reign o’er Me’.
The Who, founded in 1964, brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. The Who exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl.
The film ‘Quadrophenia’ starred a young Sting, Phil Daniels, Ray Winstone, Trevor Laird and Lesley Ash. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) was screen tested for a part, but the idea was dropped when insurance became an issue! Quadrophenia became one of the key influential, independent British movies, alongside other gritty real life films (known as ‘angry young man films’), like ‘Scum’, ‘The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner’ and ‘Look Back In Anger’.
This new concert version of Quadropheina, personally directed by Roger Daltrey from The Who, focuses on the original album and replaces the narrative used in previous stage versions with powerful imagery projected on an array of massive screens, designed to support, complement and propel the musical content of the work by setting it in the context of the history of the band. This is achieved to startling effect. “Quadrophenia and its coming-of-age story unfolded in songs that blended nuance and noise, a spectacle grand and gritty,” writes the Orlando Sentinel.
The Who’s 10-date Ireland and UK Quadrophenia tour features founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, who will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), John Corey (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).
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