Legendary English rock act The Who coming to Tulsa
BY JENNIFER CHANELLOR World Scene Writer
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
7/18/12 at 1:34 PM
Legendary English rock act The Who will bring its “Quadrophenia” tour to Tulsa.
The band will perform Feb. 14, 2013, at the BOK Center. Tickets are $39.50, $59.50, $82.50 and $129.50, plus fees, and go on sale 10 a.m. July 27, BOK Center officials confirmed.
Band co-founders Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend announced the tour Wednesday morning during a live virtual press conference with media from their home base in London.
Released in 1973, “Quadrophenia” is the sixth studio album from The Who. The double album was the rock band’s group’s second rock opera, following “Tommy,” though it wasn’t a sequel.
The band also will perform a roster of classics. It’s been four years since the band last toured, Townshend said during the press conference.
“We’ve really struggled to do something different this time,” he said. “The last time we did it (Quadrophenia) was in 1997. ... We’ve been anxious to do something more together before we drop dead.”
The opera is set from a teenage boy’s perspective in London and Brighton in ‘64-65. The album name is a spin off the medial term “schizophrenia,” and plays off the four personalities of young Jimmy. It’s rumored that each represented a member of the quartet. The name is also a riff off “quadraphonic sound,” then a breakthrough in playback technology.
Hits from the album include “The Real Me,” “I’m One,” “Quadrophenia” and “Love, Reign o’er Me.”
A film adaptation was released in 1979. The album and movie are often credited with inspiring the UK “Mod” revival of the ‘70s.
The Who toured behind the album for a short time after its original release, but the complex tracks forced them to stop playing many of the tunes. They played the album in full and live for the first time in 1996.
Read more in Thursday's Tulsa World.
Musicians Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of 'The Who' perform at the VH1 Rock Honors "The Who" back in 2008 in Los Angeles. MARK DAVIS/AP Images for VH1