The Who to play Quadrophenia in full during 10-date UK and Ireland tour


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The Who will perform their cult 1973 album Quadrophenia in full on a tour around the UK and Ireland this summer.

The rock opera about teenage angst and the mod skirmishes of early Sixties Brighton inspired a 1979 film of the same name and has become a cinematic and musical classic.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will perform Quadrophenia in full along with famous songs. The 10-date tour will star in Dublin on 8 June and finish in Liverpool on 30 June.

The Who are currently touring America with Quadrophenia and More, a 36-date tour which ends on 26 February in Rhode Island. The band last took the album on the road in 1996 and 1997.

"We've been anxious to work together before we drop dead," Townshend told a press conference last July. "I don't know how many more years I'll be able to sing this music."

Last summer the band performed “Baba O’Riley” and “My Generation” at the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

The band has reportedly continued its support of Britain’s Olympians by offering gold medallist (and huge fan) Bradley Wiggins a “free pass” to their new Quadrophenia tour.

"[Wiggins] is invited to any of our shows. I’ve written and told him that. I’m sure we will meet him - he has a free pass to any show he likes," Daltrey said in an interview with The Sun.

Townshend said in the interview that previous versions of the Quadrophenia shows, in particular in the late Nineties, had not been a success: "There was too much going on — too much story, too many images, too many guests. At one point we had Annie Lennox pretending to be the sea!"