Although the Who have always deemed the band's 1973 original tour behind Quadrophenia a failure -- Pete Townshend credits America for giving the project a second chance. The band, who's on tour behind the album which turns 30 this year, have been performing the entire double album in its entirety as part of the Quadrophenia & More tour.
Pete Townshend talked to Guitar World magazine and explained that although America had no idea about the British subculture between the "Mods" and "Rockers," teen angst was something everybody could sink their teeth into, explaining, "The place where it worked the best was in America. . . the people who latched onto it found it to be very, very, important. Because the feeling of alienation or abandonment that comes when you're about 16, 17, or 18 and somehow all the rugs are pulled out from under you. And you throw yourself down. Then you come up with your spiritual question: you know, 'Love Reign O'er Me,' sitting on the rock (asking) 'What happens now?' I didn't provide any answers, of course."
Although the piece was conceived, written, and produced by Townshend, Roger Daltrey has spearheaded the move to bring Quadrophenia alive once again: "And then, of course, when you try to put it on stage, (laughs) you get into this whole. . . you can't put it into a real world. It can't exist in the real world. Because it has to have its own canvas, it has to sit. . . it's like a. . . in that sense, it becomes, like a Coen Brothers film. They're kind of real -- but they're not. They create a world of their own. And that's what we have to do with this. And that is tricky."
"Irish" Jack Lyons -- a Mod from Shepherd's Bush, London is a longtime friend of Townshend's and one of the Who's earliest and most ardent followers. Townshend has always admitted that he modeled Quadrophenia's hero, "Jimmy" on "Irish" Jack: "I wouldn't want any other than writer other than this bloody genius called Pete Townshend -- I wouldn't want any other writer to have used me as a catalyst, to have used me as a vehicle for his muse of his outpourings."
The Who tour North American tour dates (subject to change):
February 14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
February 16 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
February 17 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
February 19 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
February 21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
February 24 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
February 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
February 28 - New York, NY - Theater At Madison Square Garden