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On the road again, Pete Townshend's will tour the U.S in his latest venture with the 90-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, choir, Billy Idol and Alfie Boe-in the Who's second rock opera, Quadrophenia. (Eddie Vedder will be featured at one date, in Illinois.) Classic Quadrophenia was first performed in London in 2015, earning standing ovations.

Classic Quadrophenia is a new version but not a fresh interpretation. The original album was already "pseudo-symphonic," says Townshend. But unlike the Who's recent Quadrophenia tours, there's no video or additional dialogue, and the orchestrations, by his longtime girlfriend Rachel Fuller, use only Townshend's original notes and chords. The most notable difference will be Boe's operatic vibrato, a sharp contrast to Daltrey's driving vocals. But Townshend isn't expecting backlash; he believes Who fans "see our whole thing as an unfolding saga, that they're interested in all of it." And for those who might disagree? "Do you think I give a fuck?" he asks, and bursts into laughter. "Of course I don't care."

Classic Quadrophenia dates include: Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts, September 2; the Metropolitan Opera, New York, September 9 and 10; the Rosemont Theater, Rosemont, Illinois, September 13; the Greek Theater, Los Angeles, September 16.

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