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Pete Townshend returns to Tanglewood with Idol & Boe for Classic Quadrophenia / MassLive

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The first time Pete Townshend played Tanglewood was with The Who for an Aug. 12, 1969 concert promoting their new rock opera "Tommy." Townshend returned on Saturday night with a reworked version of The Who's second rock opera, "Quadrophenia." Making its North American debut, "Classic Quadrophenia" featured Townshend, fellow rocker Billy Idol, and Tony Award winning tenor Alfie Boe backed by the Boston Pops and Choir, under the direction of Keith Lockhart. The orchestral makeover by Townshend and composer Rachel Fuller premiered at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2015 and will be performed later this month in New York and Los Angeles.

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