The Who to play Quadrophenia in full

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

The Who will play 'Quadrophenia' in its entirety on their tour of the UK and Ireland in June.

The Who will play 'Quadrophenia' in its entirety on their UK tour.

The 'Who Are You' group are planning to play their classic 1973 concept album in full on a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland which will take place in June this year.

The group - which sees original singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend joined by drummer Zak Starkey, bass player Pino Palladino and Simon Townshend on guitar as well as key and horn sections - are currently performing a similar show in the US.

Simon, younger brother of Pete, has said how much he's been enjoying playing with the band, in particular when he takes lead vocals on the song 'The Dirty Jobs'.

He told ABC News Radio: "It's nice for me to have a spot singing, because I think that's where I shine. Doing background vocals, yeah, people hear you singing, but your voice is tucked away behind somebody else.

"Now, I've been given the opportunity to sing lead [and] it really makes a huge difference when people are, like, swooning around me."

Meanwhile, Pete was honoured with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards on Friday (25.01.13).

The guitarist was given the trophy in recognition of his achievements in audio technology and production.

He said: "When I was 17 or 18, I got a couple of tape machines at home, and in the tradition of the great, great, great Les Paul and a couple of other people who did the same thing, I took these machines into my home and took these machines into my home to write music.

"Out on the road now, with iPads and other bits and pieces, I'm very capable of doing things with those. I just need to carry my guitars, keyboards, and cables and my mic stands."

Previous winners of the same award include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.


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