THE WHO BRING ROCK OPERA QUADROPHENIA TO SAN DIEGO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When The Who announced its first tour in four years, it was impressive to see that San Diego had made the cut. One of the 37 shows (of what could be the last go-around for the Englishmen) is headed to the Valley View Casino Center Tuesday, February 5th.

The last time The Who came to town was in 2007 and they were playing the same venue, known then as the San Diego Sports Arena. Once again, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by longtime secondary members Pino Palladino (bass), Zak Starkey (drums), and Simon Townshend, Pete’s brother (on guitar).

The show will be a celebration of the 1973 double album rock opera Quadrophenia. Townshend recently revealed to the BBC, “The music is the best music that I’ve ever written, I think, and it’s the best album that I will ever write. We never really ever made a truly great album again.”

Affectionately known as the “other” Rock Opera, with Tommy being the more popular of the two, The Who will play the entire double album along with an encore of hits. On most nights of the beginning leg of the tour, the hits have consisted of “Baba O’Riley,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Who Are You,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

Roger Daltrey, 69, and Pete Townshend, 68, are unwilling to say this is the last tour for them, refusing the “farewell tour” chatter. Though, if you are a Who fan, my guess is this might be the last time you could see the band perform live.

Tickets range from $39.50 to $129.50, and as of this writing, there are still a few left.

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