The Who have announced that their rearranged North American tour, now scheduled to start in late February 2016, will be preceded by a new London show at the SSE Arena, Wembley on 13 February.
The new itinerary was necessitated when the band’s remaining 2015 dates had to be cancelled after Roger Daltrey contracted viral meningitis. The Who’s new North American dates run from 27 February to 29 May, while Daltrey says in a statement of the London concert: “Who’d have thought that 50 years on from first playing at Wembley Arena with The Beatles and many of the top groups of that time, The Who would once again play at this legendary venue. It’s great to be feeling much better after my illness. I’ll be fighting fit by then and I can’t wait to get back to work.”
In other news, the classic film version of Pete Townshend‘s Quadrophenia is to be staged live as a “fully immersive cinematic and theatrical experience.” It will take place two nights before the band’s Wembley date at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, and will feature many of the actors from the film, such as Phil Daniels (who played Jimmy Cooper), Toyah Willcox, Trevor Laird, Garry Cooper and Daniel Peacock. A screening of the movie will be augmented by a Q&A session with the actors and staged reenactments of key scenes.
Music will be performed live by leading Who tribute act Who’s Who, and the occasion will also offer an exclusive VIP after party with appearances from all the special guests from the Q&A, plus memorabilia including original Vespas and their Mod owners.
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