The Who: 'Quadrophenia' still relevant

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 January 2013
Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

The Who rockers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have insisted their 1973 classic 'Quadrophenia' still strikes a chord with the often maligned British youth of today

The Who believe 'Quadrophenia' is relevant to today's youth.

The legendary rock band - who announced yesterday (28.01.13) they will perform their classic 1973 concept album in full on a 10-date UK tour in June - think the album, which helped start the Mod movement amongst British youth faced with a tough economic climate in the 1970s, is still poignant today because of similar problems in society.

Guitarist Pete Townshend explained to The Sun newspaper: "Go down to dance events in Borough or Camden in London - it's just different drugs now. In the mod days it was one drug that everyone took and that was amphetamines. 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."

The 'Who Are You' group - also made up of original member and lead vocalist Roger Daltrey with Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino and Simon Townshend - will celebrate their 50th anniversary in music next year, and despite wear and tear, including Pete losing part of his hearing and Roger having undergoing surgery, the band are insistent they have life left in them.

Roger said: "We will know it when we start going through the motions, when we have lost that drive. When that goes then we will stop - but it hasn't gone yet."

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