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The Who includes Gwinnett on ‘Quadrophenia’ tour

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will bring "Quadrophenia" to the road this fall. Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will bring "Quadrophenia" to the road this fall. Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

The Who announced that they’ll bring “Quadrophenia” to the road this fall for a 36-date tour, including a stop at Gwinnett Center Arena at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, the third date of the tour.

 In a video press conference from London today, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend confirmed their plans.

 “It’s been four years since we’ve been out and we tried to find something we could do together,” Townshend said. “’Quadrophenia’ was something we both felt we could get together on and look at again. We’ve been anxious to work together before we drop dead.”

 The band last performed the classic 1973 rock opera in its entirety on tour in 1996-1997.

 The lineup for the tour – along with Daltrey and Townshend – includes Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar) and Chris Stainton, Loren Gold and Frank Simes (keyboards).

 Tickets for the tour go on sale via The Who fan club at 10 a.m. July 20 and to the public at 10 a.m. July 27 through all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are $59.50-$129.50.

 During the press conference, Townshend also alluded to the book he’s writing about his life, due this year.

 Additionally, for you Who fanatics, a documentary about the making of “Quadrophenia” called “The Who: Quadrophenia – Can You See the Real Me? The Story Behind the Album,” will have a one-night screening in movie theaters across the U.S. at 8 p.m. July 24.

 Local theaters showing the film are North Point 8, AMC Discover Mills and Tinseltown USA. Visit to purchase tickets.

Here’s a complete list of tour dates:

Tue 11/1                        Sunrise, FL                   BankAtlantic Center

Sat 11/3                        Orlando, FL                   Amway Center

Mon 11/5                      Duluth, GA                    The Arena at Gwinnett Center

Thu 11/8                        Greenville, SC               Bi-Lo Center

Fri 11/9                         Greensboro, NC            Greensboro Coliseum

Sun 11/11                     Pittsburgh, PA              CONSOL Energy Arena

Tue 11/13                      Washington, DC            Verizon Center

Wed 11/14                    Brooklyn, NY                Barclays Center

Fri 11/16                       Boston, MA                  TD Garden

Tue 11/20                      Montreal, QC                 Bell Centre

Wed 11/21                    Ottawa, ON                   Scotiabank Place

Fri 11/23                       Toronto, ON                  Air Canada Centre

Sat 11/24                      Detroit, MI                     Joe Louis Arena

Tue 11/27                      Minneapolis, MN           Target Center

Thu 11/29                      Chicago, IL                   Allstate Arena

Sun 12/2                       Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena

Wed 12/5                      New York, NY               Madison Square Garden

Thu 12/6                        Newark, NJ                   Prudential Center

Sat 12/8                        Philadelphia, PA            Wells Fargo Center

Sun 12/9                       Uncasville, CT               Mohegan Sun Arena

Leg #2

Mon 1/28                      Anaheim, CA                 Honda Center

Wed 1/30                      Los Angeles, CA           STAPLES Center

Fri 2/1                           Oakland, CA                 Oracle Arena

Sat 2/2                          Reno, NV                      Reno Events Center

Tue 2/5                         San Diego, CA              Valley View Casino Center

Wed 2/6                        Glendale, AZ        Arena

Fri 2/8                           Las Vegas, NV              The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Tue 2/12                        Denver, CO                   Pepsi Center

Thu 2/14                        Tulsa, OK                      BOK Center

Sat 2/16                        Louisville, KY                KFC Yum! Arena

Sun 2/17                       Columbus, OH              Schottenstein Center

Tue 2/19                        Hamilton, ON                Copps Coliseum

Thu 2/21                        Uniondale, NY               Nassau Coliseum

Fri 2/22                         Atlantic City, NJ                        Boardwalk Hall

Sun 2/24                       Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena

Tue 2/26                        Providence, RI              Dunkin’ Donuts Center

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

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circle R

July 18th, 2012
4:38 pm

Why do the big shows always play Atlanta on a weeknight? No love for the ATL!


July 18th, 2012
7:36 pm

I saw Roger in last summer’s Tommy show. He is sounding great these days. Will probably do this one!


July 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

circle R – the same reason they play DC, Chicago, NYC, LA, SD, Denver, etc., etc. on a weeknight, b/c weeknight vs weekend make no difference to them. It is all about what works from travel standpoint.

Fred ™

July 18th, 2012
9:40 pm

Having seen the REAL Who as well as their first two “final tours” I can’t say I’m willing to pay $129.50 for the Pete and Roger show and am WAY unwilling to pay $59.50 for the cheap seats.

Good luck with the tour boys. Don’t forget the walkers and the oxygen bottles. Got any new songs?


July 18th, 2012
10:14 pm

They are icons for a reason…I’ll be there–again


July 18th, 2012
10:27 pm

I saw Quadrophenia at the Omni here in Atlanta in 73 for their first date of the tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd as their opening act. Those were the days.

Will Jones

July 18th, 2012
10:41 pm

Too bad they don’t have an Atlanta date. Would have seen them in Vegas but Entwhistle decided to have a little too much “fun.” Maybe next time.

coastal kid

July 19th, 2012
12:56 am

I was there, too, dcook654. Came up from Brunswick. Great show! Skynyrd was awesome, too. They weren’t so well known back then, and I was impressed that Pete wanted them on the bill. Pete has veto power over all warm-up acts.


July 19th, 2012
2:48 am

CK, I don’t think it hurt that both groups were rep’ed by the same mgt group MCA, if memory serves me correct.

Northside Dawg

July 19th, 2012
7:16 am

I’ve seen every Who tour since ‘75. Its always tempting, but all this money just to see the elderly Pete and Roger is questionable. Billy Powell (Skynyrd pianist) said they blew The Who off the stage back on that ‘73 tour. I’m not sure I buy that. It may have had something to do with The Who having problems with playing to a backing track for some of that Quadrophenia stuff. I thought the ‘75 show was pretty phenomenal.


July 19th, 2012
8:11 am

@Will Jones — Duluth is an ATL suburb in Gwinnett

Gwinnett Mom

July 19th, 2012
8:47 am

Im certain you dope heads will be out in force. I will make a point 2 avoid that area at all costs!

Mitch Kumstein

July 19th, 2012
9:06 am

I recall seeing the Who in 1982 at Jack Murphy stadium in San Diego. It was supposed to be their “farewell tour” and they had Loverboy open for them. Big mistake. Loverboy was about the hottest act in the country at the time and they blew the Who off hte stage.

Cousin Kevin

July 19th, 2012
9:08 am

Will be there w/ cattle prong. Haven’t seen “The Who” since
SB XLIV & honestly believe their inspiring performance turned
tide in game for ‘aints.


July 19th, 2012
9:17 am

Are there really people who are going to pay $100+ for tickets to see a couple of guys in their 70’s perform an album that wasn’t very good even in its time and has aged badly?


July 19th, 2012
9:19 am

This is wrong – the band last performed “Quad” in its entirety in 2010 at Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Motocross Survivor

July 19th, 2012
9:41 am

I like to see seniors still active.

won't get fooled again

July 19th, 2012
9:52 am

DP @ 9.17 – You are an idiot

Dick Lark

July 19th, 2012
10:05 am

I saw them at the Omni in 1975. My ticket cost $7.50

They are not The Who without Keith Moon and John Entwistle. Paul and Ringo would not tour and call themselves The Beatles. This is exactly the same thing. Anyone who disagrees is not a real Who fan.


July 19th, 2012
10:13 am

The best I’ve seen out of The Who recently was when Top Gear decided to become roadies for them after a show in Hyde Park.

Motocross Survivor

July 19th, 2012
10:43 am

I’ve got to agree with DP. Quadrophenia only had one good tune on it: “Love Reign O’er Me”

Melissa Ruggieri

July 19th, 2012
10:43 am

Kentavo – In the press conference, Townshend noted the 1996-97 date as the last time it was played, meaning on tour, which I thought was apparent since that is what this story and tour is about. But I’ve added the words “on tour” to that sentence as clarification.

dick whiskey

July 19th, 2012
11:05 am

do these old farts need the money that bad,the old geezers embarrassed themselves at the super bowl, anyways grandpa’s,fade away please and take all these other old bands with you, i would’nt pay 10 cent’s to see you,van halen are you listening


July 19th, 2012
11:55 am

Which one of them was in trouble with the law the last few years? That story just went away. And if there was any truth to the story? No way would I go see them! Even if it was free.

can you see the real who

July 19th, 2012
12:41 pm

Saw the ‘73 show. Skynerd was awesome. They could not compare to The Who – Then or Now. Anyone who thinks it won’t be a great show just does not know legends when they see them. Gwinnett Mom should not be so narrow minded – not veery rocker is a doper and she should probably check her own kids more closely.

coastal kid

July 19th, 2012
11:26 pm

dcook654…you’re right about MCA repping both bands, but if Pete had protested, he could have vetoed Skynyrd for another MCA act.

Northside Dawg…Skynyrd, young and hungry, were pretty darn impressive in ‘73 in Atlanta, and The Who, rich and famous, did have some tape sync problems…but no way Skynyrd blew ‘em off the stage. Both bands put on awesome shows. I never tire of telling people about what a great show it was, especially considering the somewhat “odd” pairing.

Talking about warm-up bands blowing the main act off the stage…I definitely witnessed that in the early 1970’s in Jacksonville, FL, when ZZ Top, who was on the way up, wiped out Deep Purple , who were on the way down. Responding to the restless crowd, Richie Blackmore pitched a hissy fit, and threw his guitar down, which was met with resounding calls for ZZ’s return.


July 20th, 2012
9:59 am

Love Reign O’er Me?? Seriously? That is all you got? Quadrophenia is arguably their best album. I have no clue how it will portray live 15 years since the last time played or 40 years since being released but to say that only one good song came from this album is insane


July 20th, 2012
10:27 am

I just want to hear Drowned. Love that song.

They were good the last time they were in Gwinnet, and Palladino is an excellent bass player, I just think the band lacks much of what it was originally without John Entwhistle. The Ox was the engine driver for that band as well.


July 21st, 2012
3:43 pm

I was 7 in ‘73. A little too young for the Who and Skynyrd(spelled correctly).

However, if we could bring back Ronnie (and Billie and Alan and Steve and Leon and Cassie),
Keith and John that would be a ticket worth paying for.


July 21st, 2012
3:44 pm

Follow up: Pino and Zak are great.

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July 23rd, 2012
3:20 pm

Can’t wait to see the documentary tomorrow night and see them on tour! Watch this awesome trailer if you haven’t already!