The Who, one of the greatest groups in rock and roll history have announced a Fall Tour of the United States, and luckily for us Floridians, they’ve decided to start right here in The Sunshine State, including a show at the house that Dwight built (and then deserted), the new Amway Center. This Tour is going to feature the entire double album from their 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia.
First off, let me say that if you’ve never seen The Who you should mark these dates on your calendar:
Thur 11/1 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Sat 11/3 Orlando, FL Amway Center
These guys are rock royalty. They’ve achieved status as Rock Gods, and they deserve it. They’ve been around for nearly 50 years, developed a reputation as a phenomenal live band and had 17 Top Ten albums. I’ve seen them twice, and seen two great, memorable spectacles. Yet, I’m ambivalent about catching them on this tour.
I love The Who. To me, The Who are Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon. The latter two are now playing in Rock ‘n Roll Heaven; Daltrey and Townshend are great talents and true legends, but they’re both creeping up on 70. I think I’d prefer to remember them the way they played and performed in the past. To cement my decision, I really don’t love Quadrophenia. It’s a good album, but not their best (That would be Who’s Next); and two of my favorites from the album were “Bell Boy” and “Dr. Jimmy” songs performed by the still deceased Moon and Entwhistle.
For those of you who are interested in checking them out, don’t let my jaded and curmudgeonly attitude dissuade you. The musical catalog is phenomenal and they’ve announced they’ll play some other hits in addition to Quadrophenia. Also, Daltrey and Townshend are living rock legends who still know how to rock and roll. Get your tickets when they go on sale Friday, July 27th, or consider joining their fan club for access to tickets as early as July 20th. You can do that by going here: The Who Fan Club.
Below, you’ll find links to the album on iTunes, and a track listing to whet your appetite.
Mike G – The Curmudgeon 🙂