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Who Announce Opening Act; Doc Coming To VH1 [VIDEO]

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The Who has announced that soul rockers Vintage Trouble will serve as the band’s opening act for the first leg of their upcoming North American tour. Vintage Trouble has previously warmed crowds up for the likes of Bon Jovi, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian May, among others. The Who has also just announced the full musical lineup of their Quadrophenia & More tour, which kicks off on November 1st in Sunrise, Florida.

In addition to Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the Who’s show will feature longtime sidemen Zak Starkey on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, Townshend’s younger brother Simon Townshend on guitar and backing vocals, along with Quadrophenia session pianist Chris Stainton, Loren Gold on keyboards and backing vocals, and Daltrey solo sideman Frank Simes, who’ll serve as the musical director while contributing keyboards and backing vocals.

On October 31st, the Who’s new documentary, Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me?, will premiere on VH1 Classic.

Roger Daltrey told us that he’s pumped to be returning to Quadrophenia as a concert piece for the first time in 15 years: “It seems daunting, when you look, it’s 37 shows, but when I’m up there singing, I don’t wanna be anywhere else. That’s what it — for me, singing is the ultimate high, and to sing these songs, it’s incredibly challenging — but I kinda like that. You have to fight to do it, and I’ve always enjoyed a good battle.”

Simon Townshend is currently out promoting his new album, Looking Out Looking In. Both he and Zak Starkey made their debut with the Who during the last Quadrophenia tour in 1996/1997. We asked him if he found it tedious having to play such a powerful and rigid piece as Quadrophenia night after night: “Well, it’s cool when the music’s that good. I think if the music wasn’t that good, it would just become a day job, being onstage having to do everything so rigidly. Yeah, it could become mundane in other bands, but in the Who it doesn’t. Anything can happen (laughs) anytime.”

Pete Townshend’s long awaited autobiography, Who I Am, will be published on October 8th.

Pete Townshend’s Who I Am book appearances include the following stops:
October 8 – New York, NY – New York Public Library (private event)
October 9 – New York, NY – Union Square Barnes & Noble
October 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Free Library
October 11 – Ridgewood, NJ – Bookends
October 12 – Boston, MA – Barnes & Noble in Prudential Center

The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):
November 1 – Sunrise, FL – BankAtlantic Center
November 3 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
November 5 – Duluth, GA – The Arena At Gwinnett Center
November 8 – Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center
November 9 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
November 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
November 13 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
November 16 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
November 20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
November 21 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
November 23 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
November 24 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
November 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
November 29, 30 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
December 2 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
December 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
December 6 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
December 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
December 9 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
January 28 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
January 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
February 1 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
February 2 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
February 5 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
February 6 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena
February 8 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino
February 12 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
February 14 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
February 16 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
February 17 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
February 19 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
February 21 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 22 – Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
February 24 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
February 26 – Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center

SIDE NOTES

The Who will release its latest vault concert on DVD on October 9th, called Live In Texas ’75. The show was videotaped during the Who’s November 20th, 1975 concert at the Summit in Houston during the band’s tour behind that year’s The Who By Numbers album.

The footage was shown on the Summit’s in-house video system and has been one of the most popular video bootlegs of the Who’s career. The sound for the show has been cleaned up by Pete Townshend’s former brother-in-law, longtime Who engineer and archivist, Jon Astley.
The tracklisting to The Who’s Live In Texas ’75 is: “Substitute,” “I Can’t Explain,” “Squeeze Box,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Boris The Spider,” “Drowned,” “However Much I Booze,” “Dreaming From The Waist,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Amazing Journey/Sparks, “The Acid Queen,” “Fiddle About,” “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free,” “Tommy’s Holiday Camp,” “We’re Not Going To Take It/See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You,” Summertime Blues,” “My Generation,” “Join Together,” “Naked Eye,” “Roadrunner,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Magic Bus,” and “My Generation Blues.”

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