28 Jan 2013
The Who Announce Tour of UK and More
THE WHO have announced a 12 date arena tour of the UK and Europe. They will perform their iconic 1973 double album QUADROPHENIA in its entirety, along with a selection of WHO classics. The UK tour follows hot off the heels of their hugely successful North American, tour, praised by press and fans alike as probably the definitive interpretation of Quadrophenia and “a rock ‘n’ roll lover’s dream come true” (Telegram.com, Boston). “QUADROPHENIA is their (The Who’s) boldest and most fully realized albums,” writes Rolling Stone, “but it’s never quite gotten the live show it deserves – until now”.
QUADROPHENIA was The Who’s second rock opera (after Tommy), raising the bar for rock albums as an art form. It 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 original band members. IGN placed QUADROPHENIA at No. 1 on its list of the greatest classic rock albums of all time and Q magazine placed it on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. QUADROPHENIA features such classic WHO songs as “The Real Me,” “5:15” and “Love Reign o’er Me.”
The movie of QUADROPHENIA (1979) has become a cult classic, starring a young Sting, Phil Daniels, Ray Winstone, Trevor Laird and Lesley Ash. John Lydon (Rotten) was screen tested for a part, but the idea was dropped when insurance became an issue! QUADROPHENIA became one of the key influential, independent British movies, alongside other gritty real life films (known as ‘angry young man films’), like “Scum”, “The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner” and “Look Back In Anger”.
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. “Quadrophenia and its coming-of-age story unfolded in songs that blended nuance and noise, a spectacle grand and gritty,” writes the Orlando Sentinel.
The Who’s 12-date tour in the UK (including Belfast) and in Dublin, Paris and Amsterdam features founding members ROGER DALTREY and PETE TOWNSHEND, who will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), John Corey (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).
THE WHO QUADROPHENIA AND MORE EUROPEAN TOUR 2013
June 8th Dublin: The O2
June 10th Belfast: Odyssey
June 12th Glasgow: SECC
June 15th London: The O2
June 18th Sheffield: Motorpoint Arena
June 20th Newcastle: Metro Arena
June 23rd Manchester: Arena
June 25th Cardiff: Motorpoint Arena
June 28th Birmingham: LG Arena
June 30th Liverpool: Echo Arena
July 3rd Paris: Bercy
July 5th Amsterdam: Ziggo Dome
A special Fan Pre-sale runs from 0900 GMT, Jan. 29 for the UK gigs, from 1000 CET, Jan. 29 for Paris and Jan. 30 for Amsterdam.
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The general ticket sale begins on 1st February 9am from www.aeglive.co.uk/
137 thoughts on “The Who Announce Tour of UK and More”
Hello, I´m very happy about THE WHO europe-dates. But please – make one more show in Germany. This could be christmas & holidays on the same bill for a lot of german WHO-followers…also for me.
PLEASE come to Australia we need you, we love you, I need to see the real you
Please please please come to Australia
how about adding Helsinki to the list after Amsterdam..?
I last seen The Quadrophenia Tour in 1997 & it still stands to be one of the finest concerts I’ve been to,so looking forward to this,fingers crossed I can get a couple of tickets before the touts
What about a gig in italy?
When you come in italy?!?!!?
We want you as soon as possible!!!!!
WHO! Come to Brasil, please! “The kids” from here would be “alright” with your presence! We love you, We also need you!
Thought you might like this interview with Gary Moore about the last time they played here: “I just interviewed Gary Moore, and he recalled a Who gig at Ulster Hall in Belfast on 11 May 67. You just show Belfast, but here’s what Gary told me : Gary Moore (audience) : I’d seen them a year or so earlier in Lisburn, then they came back again to Belfast about a year or two later and they played in the Ulster Hall, but they had a different drummer this time. Pete that night was unbelievable, he was playing a Strat, I remember that, and he smashed it up at the end. He was just unbelievable on stage, the guy was absolutely terrifying. Afterwards, we were walking out down the corridor and they were walking out the other way and we could see them leaving, just this group of big lanky fuckers, striding out the other end, and I was shaking, like you’d been in a fight. That’s what it felt like. The adrenalin was amazing. I’d never been to a gig and come out feeling like that, and afterwards you just felt like you’d been in a huge bundle with loads of people. It was the most aggressive thing I’ve ever seen live, more so than any punk band or anything. ” Note: the interviewee was Jonny Black.
We had a great time at the show in Brooklyn last year and we’re so pleased that there will now be a gig in London this year!Excellent news!
Hi! Please come to Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA! People love you here!
Please make one Tour on South America!! We need it
Hey Townshend! On your last visit to Finland you said it’s not gonna take another 40 years for The Who to come back!
Silly date for the London O2 show – Bruce Springsteen is playing at Wembley Stadium that day. Can they add another London date so that Who fans who will be at Wembley that day can have a chance to see them? Just asking…..
We in Sweden need this tour also. I really hope you will extend the list of European concerts.
In London same day as Springsteen is? Why why why
Here in Denmark, we allways have loved The Who.
So… Why not play here in Copenhagen!
Last time was at Roskilde Festival 2007… Too long time!
Why such few shows outside UK? Please, come to Poland or somewhere around. Middle and eastern Europe loves you guys!!!
I am also very pleased with the just-released UK / Europe Tour Dates…
But…please please please add another date in Germany to!
It is simply far too long and it would make the entire German Who fanbase so happy!
And me too;)
Thanks – Kathy
GREAT!!! But at what time does the pre-sale start?????????
Can anybody tell me???
I cannot miss this one!!!!!!!!
I am more than delighted with this European Tour, but please don’t forget to pass in Belgium. I love you!!
PLEAAAAAAAAASE COME TO BRAZIL!!!
Scandinavia & the Friends Arena needs a Who concert. Come to think of it so do I
Sooo happy to hear you are touring again 🙂 Can’t wait to venture to either Ireland or Amsterdam to see you 🙂 Thank you for such great music <3
I’ts possible one show in Italy after Amsterdam ???
Ronny Cathro……Cometh the hour cometh the icemen…cant wait for Glasgow
Please come to Spain! We really really LOVE YOU!!!!
hi if you need some scooters for the stage show in dublin give me a shout,myself and the lads have fully modded up vespa’s and lambetta’s,in return for the loan of our scooters all that would be required is a ticket for each members scooter used at the show 🙂 cheers if your interested send of an email
Please come to Poland everybody’s waiting!
where are the tickets? ………. but when you come to Italy??
Arghhh – Who decided that The Who and Bruce Springsteen would play London on the same night?
I would rather sit in the last row on the very top of arena for The Who then in the first row for Springsteen, not even close.
Please come in Italy! I love you and I really hope a date in Milan!
Thank you very much!
Please enter one more concert at Germany or Austria. Maybe at Berlin, Munich or Vienna. That would count for me and so many WHO-fans at Germany and Austria so very, very much! So please come to one of those countries that there also people can hear and feel the power of the music from THE WHO!
What? You’re not coming back to Antwerp?
This has made my year.
The greatest band in the world playing the best album ever made.
Excited is an understatement. London and one other for me. If I could afford it I’d do the lot!
are you coming to germany??? pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!!!!
ARGENTINE FANS ARE WAITING FOR A LONG TIME!!!
England, Paris and Amsterdam? Thats not a fu..in European tour….Come on guys Europe is a little bit greater *facepalm*
I wish you’ll come to Italy one day, I was too young for Verona 2007, I would really really love to see a gig of my favourite band ever, only one date!! Love you all, bet wishes!! 🙂
…drat – the London date is the same date as Springsteen’s show at Wembley and I’m already booked for that!
can’t wait see you,s in belfast in june.
Why not Sweden??? We are waiting!!!
Mmmm. Interesting!! Just in time for Glastonbury!! I wonder.
the who live at the 02 who heaven
We really need you in Germany! What about Dortmund or Essen? It´s right beside Amsterdam 😉
Long Live Rock!
OOOHHH Noo! I got at ticket for Bruce at the 5th of July! Please come to germany!
Madrid is waiting for another great show!!! Please, dont forget about us!!! who who who who!!!
PLEASE WHO CAN NOT FORGET TO SPAIN, because we love the Who
Hey! What about Madrid? Need to hear you say “We’ll be back” again!
Awesome news for cardiff,the gig in cardiff arena in 2004 was nothing more then stunning,everyone came out of that gig saying that was emotional…its the who,cant expect anything less,roll on june.
What is with Germany?
You re Fans waiting here?
Can you see the Real Me ? Yes, only in Germany.
QUADROPHENIA was there first time around and bring it on second time around we are the mods manchester na na na lol DX
You’ve never been to Barcelona 🙁
I hope you’ll finally come to this wonderfull city, we are waiting for you!!!
Will The Who ever come to Argentina?. We’re waiting for you. Will you tour Latinamerica sometime?. 🙁
When in Italy? In Verona you had promised
Come to Portsmouth…….!!!!
Auuugh! ive just left the uk to do some travelling! Are they planning on coming to Australia, if not i may have to fly to Amsterdam
Interview in the sun quotes….
“There is always this desire for people that are struggling in whatever way to get out of their head.
“When I wrote Quadrophenia we were in the middle of the three-day week and miners’ strikes.
“Now there is an illusion for young people of possibility and hope — but it’s an illusion.
“You come out with a first in a university degree and you can’t get a job.
“These aren’t great times for young people in our country.”
Yet you warrant charging 70 to 80quid for a ticket!
I work, my sons at University, we are your biggest fans and we can’t even afford to go!
Just bought my tickets, SUPERB !!
Hi, I was just wondering now you have been able to get tickets so early
SOOO EXCITED hoping 2 get tickets 4 manchester keep your fingers crossed for me! Wanna be outta my brain on the 5 15! Loved your music since I was 14!
Me too – 5.15 is superb- best track on Quadro – well on a par with ‘the real me’- can you see- can you see?
Pleaseeeeeeeeeee come to Brazil!!!!!!!!!
i´d give a leg to watch this concert hahha
Guys, when in Barcelona…?
How can the Kids be Allright if they’ve never been in Barcelona?
please come to Italy! We love you here!
The Who’s 12-date tour in the UK (including Belfast) – Yes of course it is within the U.K. – I don’t see (including Liverpool) or (including Glasgow) TWATS.
HURRY UP AND GET OVER HERE IT’S ABOUT TIME !
BRAZIL! WE WANT WHO IN BRAZIL!
So excited I’m gettin up at 5:15 to book my tickets…greatest rock band in the world
Why won’t they come to Brazil??? LOL Wish I was European…
Please, please, please, please, please come to Portugal!
I belive theve dropped bargain….and added put the money down to the set list £495 for front row seats !!!!!! 🙂
WOW went to the concert last night and you guys did not disappoint! I saw you back in 1976 and you guys were great then but you brought tears to my eye this time! Thank you so much for your Music and taking me back to a very special time in my life! PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU ALL!
Right! Got it! June 20th it’s The ‘Orrible ‘Oo in the pretty town of Newcastle. Got the ticket (centre 2nd row), hotel and flight from Amsterdam!
Delighted to see Belfast included in tour schedule. First gig in my home town in nearly 50 years. Fantastic news for a life long fan. Can’t wait.
I saw your announcement on FB, and I wept tears of joy and excitement..THE WHO COMING TO AMSTERDAM! I couldn’t contain myself…being a late Who fan, it’s my very first time to see you live, Rog and Pete! I wish I could have a chance to meet you both, ’cause I love you both to bits & would like to hug you-the ultimate dream..hope to meet you personally, if possible!
how much!!!!!thanks lads
Awesome …. Tickets booked for manchester MEN 23rd June – cant wait to see you guys again, Was gutted i missed out on Albert Hall the other year so thank you for this. Wish I could have stretched to VIP package to make it that bit more speval but just out reach price wise for 2.
I will be taking Russell Schlagbaum on a magical mystery tour of Amsterdam after the Ziggo show.
“Fair winds and following seas”.
Hey, NO tour dates in VIENNA??? They’ll be playing Paris + London, but not here? That’s not fair! Saw you live once at a festival in Austria and you were amazing. Since then I absolutely love your music.
I can’t possibly afford the ticket price for London AND the flight on top… :´o(
Plleeeeaaaassee add Vienna to your tour dates!
ill be at the secc oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo
The West Country has been forgotten yet again. We never get any major gigs down here. Pete Townsend lives in Cornwall and should realise there is a huge Who fan base down here many of who cannot afford to travel some considerable distance to see them.
No gig in Copenhagen ? 🙁 you better you better you bet.
Anyway love you guy,s and Amsterdam here i come 🙂
Is this the FULL European Tour? Of are there more concerts to follow in Europe?
I hope it’s gonna be a great tour and you’re gonna have a graet time. But please, remember about your all European fans.
Poland is waiting for you!!!
Come to Brazil!
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
1974 for Ever.
Come to Brazil.
ITALY is waiting for you!!! Do you remember VERONA concert? I was there… Rain, wind and Rock&Roll! OHHH YEAHHHHHH!
cool saw them at wembley back in the 80’s
on their ” kids are alright tour ”
shame entwhistle is no longer with us, and
good ol’ moon, if not too expensive for the
02 in june, i’d love to see them again
matt ( modicine man 67 )
c’mon guys! italy is waitin’ for youuuu!!! verona’s crowd is still there…
YES LES WHO a paris ! merci merci encore merci!
Got my tickets secured for Brum! Fabulous! Since buying the super deluxe box set I’ve been aching to see the whole of Quadrophenia performed live.
Please make the concert programme a memorable one to take home as a worthwhile souvenir of what should be a very special night.
Thanks to Pete & Roger & all concerned in deciding to bring tour dates to the UK.
Down under is in need of some uppers, don’t let us down!
Got my tickets for Sheffield been a fan for 40 years Since Charlton Athletics gig, time to show my kids what all fuss is about can’t wait.
A real timeless classic from The Who, a must see gig before die…
Would love to see the lads in concert!!! What a trip down memory lane it would be!!!
Come to Moscow, please!
Why ae there no tickets for Sheffield at 30 seconds past nine? Unless you are an American Express customer!
Got my ticket for Sheffield in the pre-sale….it was amazing how fast the front blocks sold out….!
I tried to buy 3 tickets (no spit seats) for the show in London. My son (7 y.o.) wants to see them there. But I failed. Hope they will have another show in London
Shame there’re no concerts in Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Russia, Poland.
I hope some day there will be 2-leg European tour, as big as US one.
As The Who won´t come to Germany as it seems, I ordered a ticket for Amsterdam.
Yippee – can´t wait till July :-))))
Way to go, Astrid!
I have my ticket for Paris ! YES !
ive got my tickets for manchester arena come on THE Whoooooooooo 🙂
but italy?!?!?!? TORINOOOOOOOOO
o2 arena London, tickets x 2 but what about Brighton? Quadrophenia! Brighton should be the end of tour final gig!
FINALLY got my tickets for Paris! July 3rd is going to be the best day ever!! I’ve loved THE WHO forever nothing compares or even comes close to you guys! LONG LIVE ROCK 😀
Got tickets for Newcastle and I am so excited. The Who have been my favourite since 1968, getting excited is not good at my age. Can’t wait to Rock to a brilliant group at a great venue. Newcastle will go mental!!!
Greetings from good old Germany! I would like to invite you to Hamburg. Last time was is still in my ears and eyes.
HELLO FROM SPAIN!! I would like the who to come to madrid, because i’ve never seen you and i’d be really happy to do it. Please come!
Hi guys, why don’t you come to Berlin/Germany.
We’d all love to see you here!
Saw you guys in December when you came to Nashville. Best night of my life! The Who is my favorite band and I can now die feeling happy knowing I’ve seen them in concert at least once. Although it wouldn’t hurt to maybe see Tommy get rebooted as well…
Have fun with the European tour! I hope The Who fans across the Atlantic have as much fun as I did!
Pete Townsend, oh how you saved my life.
We i Sweden hope you have the energy to come and play in Stockholm. It was great to se you perform in 1997 and 2007.
I agree with Peter, you guys better come to Sweden and bless us – it would without a doubt be the greatest event of 2013!!
We are waiting in rome, you will see that the italian fan loves you always
Please be lucky to visit Copenhagen, so we can once again enjoy the greatest rock show on earth. Rock on Pete and Rog 🙂
In Madrid -Spain-?
1963 Morecambe Winter Gardens. Me and my best mate Kenny see the Who live for the first time as young mods. 50years later we are still at it, this time in Manchester, but now we are OAP,s!! Keep the faith.
Saw the Who do Quadrophenia for the 2nd time in December 2012 in Newark NJ. It was the 15th time I’ve seen them which began in 1967. One of the TRULY great, innovative, classic rock bands of all time. Without pretense, and with many of their activities sponsoring charitable
endeavors, the WHO are consummate professionals and always give the audience full value for the money spent. The creative genius to conceive, document and perform Tommy , Quadrophenia and all the other classics is almost, if not, unparalled in rock history. My kid –now 37 — listens to the WHO and the great 60s-70s bands much more so than she does her “contemporary” bands—because she says the music is truly “memorable” and speaks to us about life. The WHO has established a musical legacy unlikely to be matched. How fortunate are we to experience it all !!!!!
I Love The Who Forever
WHERE IS MADRID?????????
Thank you for being such a companion to many of us in the world who find teenage a big problem. I’m in my late teens now, and after hearing Quadrophenia I knew I am not alone.
I remember the years: It was my birthday and I get money from my older sister. I go the the recordshop an buy ” I´m a boy ” from the Who. This was my first single.
” THIS WAS MY GENERATION “
I don’t see Madrid in tour dates. Please don’t forget your spanish crowd. One of the best crowds of the universe. See you soon (I hope).
At the last European tour was suspended Barcelona concert. Please come this time. You will meet with the best audience in the world.
I’ missing a concert in Austria or South Germany. Quadrophonia in 1997 in Vienna was so great.
At last the gods are coming to Belfast, can’t wait!!!!
With every year that passes, the musicianship in the original Quadro album sounds better and better. Can’t wait to see it live.
Please, please come to Berlin/Germany too. It’s so long we’re already waiting for you!!!!!!!
… and what about all your fans and friends in Copenhagen?
Pls consider an additional venue here