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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

The Who

One of the most powerful elements of The Who was the collision of four distinct forces of nature into a single band: Keith Moon's insane drum fills, Entwistle's spiderlike fingers on the bass, Townsend's amazing melodicism and guitar windmills, and Daltrey's uncanny abilities as a frontman. Half of those members have moved to another plane, but we can still look forward to seeing Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend trot out all of their classic mods-vs-rockers 1973 album, Quadrophenia, as part of a round of US dates that starts in late 2012 and extends into the new year for the LP's 40th anniversary.

The tour includes four NYC area shows: 11/14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 12/5 at Madison Square Garden, 12/6 at Prudential Center in Newark, and 2/21 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Tickets for all shows go on fan presale on Friday (7/20) at 10AM, AMEX presale on Monday (7/23) at noon and regular sale on 7/27 at 10AM. All tour dates are below.

You may remember that Roger Daltrey toured all by his lonesome, performing Tommy in its entirety last year.

In perhaps more exciting news, the 1979 film adapation of Quadrophenia is getting a deluxe DVD/Blu-Ray edition from the celuloid-loving folks at Criterion who will release it on August 28. It features a newly-restored digital transfer of the uncut version, plus a new 5.1 surround mix (as well as the original stereo mix) plus a host of other cool bonus stuff which is listed below. The Rhino DVD from 2001 has been out of print for ages. If you've never seen Quadrophenia (and you should, it's great) and don't want to wait for the pristine Criterion edition, you can stream the whole movie below via YouTube, as well as listen to the album.

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Roger Daltrey performs Tommy

The Who is one of my favorite classic rock bands of all time, so I definitely had some mixed emotions when I saw that Roger Daltrey will hit the road to play The Who classic Tommy in its entirety along with selected "Who classics". Though he has blessed the tour, there will be no Pete Townshend, the brain behind Tommy. Pete has been replaced by Simon Townshend, his brother, who will play guitar alongside Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button (bass), and Loren Gold (keyboards).

Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says, "Great to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit. Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs."
The North American tour, which also promises "striking visuals," will hit two NYC-area arenas of considerable size: Prudential Center on 9/18 and Nassau Coliseum on 9/23. Tickets for Prudential Center go on AmEx presale at 10AM on Monday (5/16), and regular sale on Friday 5/20. Tickets for Nassau go on sale 5/20.

All tour dates and some video of The Who performing Tommy in its entirety with Pete Townsend and John Entwhistle is below.

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Roger Daltrey's 'Use It or Lose It' Tour - his first solo tour since '85

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Daltrey will be joined onstage by a longtime collaborator, guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, and a stellar crew of American players, including guitarist/musical director Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devours.

Promising a healthy serving of Who songs ("but they'll be my versions of them"), solo material - including some songs he's never played live - and covers that pay tribute to his influences and admired contemporaries. Although he prefers to keep his set lists a surprise, it's no secret that Daltrey has over the years performed songs by the likes of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Queen, among others, alongside favorites from his Who and solo catalogs.

Daltrey's solo tour comes to NYC on Friday, November 20th for a show at Nokia Theatre Times Square. Tickets are on sale now.

The tour also includes four Jersey stops. Tickets to his November 17th show at Red Bank's Count Basie Theater are on sale now. The show at Montclair's Wellmont Theatre (November 11th) goes on presale August 19th. And his pair of Atlantic City dates (November 13th and 14th) go on presale September 2nd. All tour dates are below...

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Betty LaVette

Soul diva Bettye LaVette is back in NYC for a show this Sunday at Blender Theater with John Hammond. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

Betty recently performed a tribute to Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey at the Kennedy Center Honors. Video, and all tour dates, below...

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