Who is the next big name coming to Atlantic City? Yes it is.
The legendary band, The Who, has announced its first North American tour in four years – playing the 1973 album “Quadrophenia” in its entirety - and it will include a stop in Atlantic City 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Boardwalk Hall.
Advance tickets for subscribed members of The Who fan club go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, until 10 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Sign up to join the club at fanclub.thewho.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting 10 a.m. July 27. There also will be a presale for American Express cardholders from Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26. Tickets will be available at www.aeglive.com. VIP experiences and packages may be available.
Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be leading the band through North America for 36 epic shows.
Known for hit songs such as, “Baba O’Riley,” which many people know as “Teenage Wasteland,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Pinball Wizard, The Who is sure to put on a spectacular show.
The band plans on playing its 1973 double album “Quadrophenia” plus other hits during the concerts. The album includes such songs as “The Real Me,” “5:15” and “Love Reign O’er Me.”
“I really love playing all of (‘Quadrophenia’),” Townshend says in a press release. “It's a unique piece for me in that. Some Who music is nightmarish to perform live. Roger has some very tough songs to sing, and he must have preferences. But for me on guitar everything falls under the fingers. It flows naturally, and I always feel proud of my achievement as the writer, that I put it all together and gave the band a third wind.
“The real high point for me is always the final song ‘Love Reign O'er Me.’ Roger and I now stand almost alone together, representing not only the original band, but also its Mod audience, and of course all our other early fans. We are connected by it, in what is the most clear-cut prayer for redemption, and it feels like an acknowledgment that rock music has managed to deal with the highest emotional challenge: spiritual desperation.”
To celebrate the tour, there will be a one-night-only, in-theater screening of “’The Who: Quadrophenia-Can You See The Real Me?’ The Story Behind The Album” 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. For a list of theaters presenting the film, go to www.fathomevents.com.