NEW YORK -- The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are taking "Quadrophenia" and other Who classics on the road for a U.S. tour this fall, but first plan what Daltrey calls a great finale for the Olympic Games in London.
"We have recorded a piece of music that is a fabulous ending for the Olympics ... and just shows the great music that has come out of this country. This country has put some fabulous music out into the world," Daltrey said Wednesday as he sat next to Townshend. Both are British.
The Who's Olympic performance will be a tuneup of sorts for their American tour, which kicks off Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., and will end in Providence, R.I., on Feb. 26.
The last time they toured the United States was in 2008.
During a wide-ranging video conference, during which they took questions that were sent in ahead of time, the surviving members of the legendary band were asked if they were planning to use holograms, like Dr. Dre did to lifelike effect with the image of Tupac Shakur at Coachella in April, for the late members Keith Moon and John Entwistle.
"I thought about it but everybody is doing it now," said Daltrey. "I don't know whether we need it. And it's only a gimmick. We were very good on gimmicks in the (19)70s but I think we can leave it alone now."
He also said the band did not plan to have guest singers as they did on their previous tour.
The double album "Quadrophenia," released in 1973, was the Who's second acclaimed rock opera ("Tommy" being the first). Written by Townshend, Daltrey called it "Pete's pinnacle."
The band will play the album in its entirety. A documentary about the making of the album, "The Who: Quadrophenia – Can You See the Real Me?" will be shown July 24 in theaters across the country.
The London Olympics start July 27 and run until Aug. 12.
Their Olympic gig will put them on an even bigger stage than their halftime performance at the Super Bowl in 2010. Daltrey said the closing performance "is not about The Who being on a TV show, it's about making great music that is apropos to the end of that event. ... I'm extremely proud of it."
Townshend also said he is working on new music. However, he added: "I don't know whether you can rubber-stamp it as Who music."
Wont Get Fooled Again
From The Kids Are Alright
Who are You
From "the Kids Are Alright"
The Who - Baba O'riley
Out here in the fields I fight for my meals I get my back into my living. I don't need to fight To prove I'm right I don't need to be forgiven. yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah Don't cry Don't raise your eye It's only teenage wasteland Sally, take my hand We'll travel south cross land Put out the fire And don't look past my shoulder. The exodus is here The happy ones are near Let's get together Before we get much older. Teenage wasteland It's only teenage wasteland. Teenage wasteland Oh, yeah Its only teenage wasteland They're all wasted!
The Who Sings My generation (from the kids are alright)
The Who - Behind Blue Eyes (Original Version)
This is Track 16 on The Who's Album - Who's Next. The original version of "Behind Blue Eyes" was recorded at The Record Plant in New York, on March 18, 1971 and produced by Kit Lambert. Al Kooper on organ. Previously unreleased.
The Who - My Generation [Woodstock 1969]
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The Who "Tommy"
The Who The Rock Opera Tommy
THE WHO "QUADROPHENIA Love Reign O'er me"
The story covers about five days of the life of a certain Jimmy, a participant in the circa 1964 Mod lifestyle in England. "The story is set on a rock!" announced the composer, Pete Townshend, at one live performance, indicating that the opera represents Jimmy's looking back at the events of the previous day or two that led him into the gloomy situation where he finds himself at the end of the story. The narrative is difficult to derive from the lyrics alone, but becomes clearer with the benefit of a short story (also written by Townshend) related from Jimmy's first person perspective, that is included in the album's booklet. The first half of the opera consists of songs that allude to the frustrations and insecurities that govern Jimmy's life, including brief glimpses of his home life, his job, his psychoanalyst, and his unsuccessful attempts to have a social life. Halfway through the opera he sings "I've Had Enough", finds himself kicked out of his home when his parents find his box of 'blues' (blue pills of some unnamed drug, possibly amphetamine) (this happens in the song Cut My Hair). Distraught and with nothing better to do, Jimmy takes a large dose of blues and takes a train ride to the coast (Embodied in the song 5:15, which is supposed to be the time when the train departs). During his stay near the beach in Brighton, he encounters the former "Ace Face", the leader of a group of Mods, whom he admires greatly. However, "Ace Face" now works as a bell boy at a <b>...</b>
The who - the seeker-1970
The who - the seeker-1970
The Who - Substitute
Music video by The Who performing Substitute. (C) 1988 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
The Who - I Can't Explain
Music video by The Who performing I Can't Explain. (C) 1988 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Magic Bus The Who ( HQ sound )
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The Who-Pinball Wizard
The who's hit song Pinball Wizard
The Who - Squeeze Box
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The Who - 5:15
Talenthouse Competition Winner video for The Who's 5:15. (C) 2012 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Bargain - The Who
Bargain by The Who, 1971 The song is about losing all your material goods for spiritual enlightenment, thus being a 'bargain'. Pete Townshend wrote this as an ode to Meher Baba, who was his spiritual guru. Meher Baba was from India, where he worked with the poor and served as spiritual adviser to Mahatma Gandhi. He developed a worldwide following by the '60s, and died in 1969 at age 75. Townshend believed in his message of enlightenment, which was a big influence on Who songs like "Baba O'Riley" and "See Me, Feel Me." www.songfacts.com
The Who - You Better You Bet
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The Who - I'm Free (Isle of Wight)
The Who at isle of Wight 1970