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The Who

The Who

The Who, one of rock’s legendary and defining bands, has announced a show at The O2 on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2013 where they'll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with a selection of WHO classics. The show follows on from a hugely successful North American tour, praised by press and fans alike as probably the definitive interpretation of Quadrophenia.

The critically acclaimed Quadrophenia marked the British band’s second rock opera, 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 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.”

This new concert version of Quadrophenia, personally directed by Roger Daltrey, 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.

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