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The Who, 'Quadrophenia' international tour

The Who -- Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

The Who -- Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend -- will play their rock opera "Quadrophenia" in its entirety on their 2012 tour. Credit: Handout

The Who will play their rock opera “Quadrophenia” in its entirety on a massive international tour, starting Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., and including several stops in the area.

“In 1972, I was 28, writing about London and Brighton in 1963 and 1964 when the band was just starting,” guitarist Pete Townshend said in a statement. “I was still young enough to remember how it felt to be 16 or 17, and at war with my parents, bosses and authority. I could still remember that feeling of struggling to fit in .?.?. This is such a universal experience for young people that it has echoed.”

The tour will be The Who's first in four years and feature Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey, as well as Townshend's brother Simon on guitar and Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey on drums. Following the “Quadrophenia” performance, the band will close the show with a selection of its other hits.

The “Quadrophenia” tour is set to stop at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 14, Madison Square Garden on Dec. 5 and Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 21. Tickets for the shows go on sale on July 27, though American Express cardholders have access to a pre-sale that starts on July 23.

Townshend said he's looking forward to playing “Quadrophenia's" dramatic finale “Love Reign O'er Me” on the tour. “Roger and I now stand almost alone together, representing not only the original band, but also its Mod audience, and, of course, all our other early fans,” he said. “We are connected by it, in what is the most clear cut prayer for redemption, and it feels like an acknowledgment that rock music has managed to deal with the highest emotional challenge: spiritual desperation.”

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