It’s been four years since the rock band, The Who, went on tour here. Now, in 2012-2013, they are on the road again in a North American tour, boasting 37 dates, performing Quadrophenia, as well as other great hits. Quadrophenia was first written in 1973. They have worked hard and creatively on this project, excited to be working together again on the road.
Originally called The Detours, in February 1964, they became known as The Who. The band was made up of four members, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon. For a short while in 1964, they changed their name again to The High Numbers, but before the year was over, changed it back to The Who.
This British band became famous in London, with sell-out crowds at their shows. At the Railway Hotel in Harrows, Pete accidentally smashed his guitar. Out of frustration, he continued to break it until it was only splinters. The crowd loved it. Thus began their signature act. At their live shows, drum sets and guitars would get smashed, and the crowds thought it was the most exciting pop act ever seen.
The Who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990? The placard indicates that in the minds of many fans, The Who should be in contention for the title of World’s Greatest Rock Band.
The band lost two of its members. Keith Moon died in 1978 at the age of 32. John Entwistle died in 2002 at the age of 57. The two remaining members, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, continue to perform as The Who. They released an album in 2006, called “Endless Wire.” That album reached the top ten charts both here in the US as well as in the UK.
In an interview with Townshend and Daltrey, their creativity and excitement shine through. They are excited to be working together again. Something they’ve wanted to do for some time now.