THE Who, one of rock’s legendary and defining bands, are to perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia on an arena tour - including a Sheffield date.
Lead singer Roger Daltrey and his band will play at the Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, June 18.
Tickets, priced £60, £65 and £70, subject to booking fee, are expected to sell fast when they go on sale Friday, at 9am.
It marks a welcome return to Yorkshire for the band who have performed at the Arena on two previous occasions in 2000 and 2007.
Their first live album, Live At Leeds, recorded at the University of Leeds in 1970, is regarded as one of the greatest live albums of all time.
The 2013 dates follow a highly acclaimed American tour.
The Who’s eight-date UK tour features founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend, who will be joined by drummer Zak Starkey - son of Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr.
Other band memebrs are Pino Palladino, on bass, Simon Townshend, on guitar/backing vocals, John Corey, on keyboards, Loren Gold, on keyboards/backing vocals and Frank Simes, as musical director, keyboards/backing vocalist.
Quadrophenia marked the band’s second rock opera after Tommy and raised the bar for rock albums as an art form.
It hit number two on the UK album chart and massively influenced the future of UK style, fashion and culture – from Paul Weller to Bradley Wiggins, from Paul Smith to Noel Gallagher.
The album’s title is a variation on the popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia and exemplifies the four varying personalities of the band members who created the album.
IGN placed Quadrophenia at the top of its list of the greatest classic rock albums of all time and Q magazine placed it on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
It features classic Who songs such as The Real Me 5:15 and Love Reign o’er Me.
The band, founded in 1964, brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane.
Each of them was a pioneer.
Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the centre with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger.
They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl.
The film Quadrophenia starred a young Sting, Phil Daniels, Ray Winstone, Trevor Laird and Lesley Ash. John Lydon (Rotten) was screen tested for a part, but the idea was dropped when insurance became an issue.
Quadrophenia became one of the key influential, independent British movies, alongside other gritty real life films (known as ‘angry young man films’), like Scum, The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner and Look Back In Anger.
This new concert version of Quadrophenia, personally directed by Roger Daltrey, focuses on the original album and replaces the narrative used in previous stage versions with powerful imagery projected on an array of massive screens, designed to support, complement and propel the musical content of the work by setting it in the context of the history of the band.
This is achieved to startling effect.
* Tickets, on sale Friday, February 1, at 9am, will be available in person at the Arena box office, call 0114 256 5656 or buy online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.