The Who Tour 2012–2013

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Quadrophenia and More
World tour by The Who
Associated album Quadrophenia
Start date 12 August 2012
End date 8 July 2013
Legs 2
Shows 39 in North America
13 in Europe
52 in Total
The Who concert chronology
The Who Tour 2008–2009
(2008–09)
Quadrophenia and More
(2012–13)
The Who Hits 50!
(2014–15)

The Who's 2012–2013 tour was their third to feature the 1973 album Quadrophenia. Billed as "Quadrophenia and More," the band played Quadrophenia in its entirety, followed by a selection of their greatest hits. Before starting the tour, the group gave a special performance at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

History[edit]

The band gave their first performance since a January 2011 charity appearance during the closing ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics on 12 August, performing a short medley comprising "Baba O'Riley", "See Me, Feel Me" and "My Generation". A few weeks earlier they had announced a two leg stint that would feature the Quadrophenia album for a third time. They toured behind the album's original release, but their use of backing tapes to duplicate its musical complexity caused problems when the tapes malfunctioned and the band had difficulty playing along to them. They revisited the rock opera during their 1996–97 tour, this time with much greater success.

An announcement about the tour came through the band's website and social media networks on 18 July and coincided with a promotional documentary for the album, entitled The Who: Quadrophenia – Can You See The Real Me?[1] The documentary was only screened in select theatres on 24 July in the United States, and on 25 July in Canada. The documentary featured never before seen footage from the band's first Quadrophenia tour including footage from its opening night in San Francisco, California, In which drummer Keith Moon collapsed twice and resulted in Scot Halpin, an audience member, filling in for Moon. Tickets for The Who's official fan club were given the first opportunity to purchase tickets on 20 July. American Express cardholders were given a presale date of 23 July. General tickets went on sale 27 July. The Who also announced on 19 July that they would honour tickets for the band's cancelled show in Providence, Rhode Island from 1979, following the tragic concert disaster in Cincinnati at the Riverfront Coliseum, in which 11 people were trampled and killed. The honoured tickets will be made up at their Providence show in 2013, the final date of the tour.[2]

The band retained bass player Pino Palladino and guitarist/backing vocalist Simon Townshend for these shows, but parted ways with longtime keyboard player John "Rabbit" Bundrick. Keyboard player Chris Stainton, who had appeared on the original Quadrophenia album, played with the group for the closing ceremonies for the Summer Olympics and originally intended to join them for the tour as well, but he withdrew prior to the start of the tour to tour with Eric Clapton. Keyboardists John Corey and Loren Gold were instead added to the line-up along with keyboardist/arranger Frank Simes and a brass section. Drummer Zak Starkey missed several shows in February 2013 due to a tendon injury and was replaced for those dates by Scott Devours; Devours would again substitute for Starkey during the band's June–July European tour. The group tacked on an additional appearance as part of 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden at the end of the 2012 segment of the tour and did the same for a Teen Cancer America charity event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden along with Elvis Costello at the end of the 2013 North American segment.

Live releases[edit]

The show of 8 July 2013 at Wembley Arena (the last of the tour) was released as Quadrophenia Live in London.

Band members[edit]

Original members[edit]

Backing musicians[edit]

Setlists[edit]

2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies[edit]

  1. "Baba O'Riley"
  2. "See Me, Feel Me"
  3. "My Generation"

Quadrophenia and More Tour[edit]

The tour got off to a problematic start during the encore at the first show in Sunrise, Florida when guitarist Pete Townshend left the stage during "You Better You Bet", claiming not to be able to hear the sound properly. The show ended prematurely with the rest of the group playing "Baba O'Riley" without him. Drummer Zak Starkey missed six shows from 5 to 14 February due to a tendon injury and was replaced with drummer Scott Devours, who had toured with Roger Daltrey a few years earlier. Devours again filled in for Starkey for the band's June–July European tour.

"Tea and Theatre", the final track from the group's 2006 album Endless Wire, once again closed most shows on the tour as in recent years.

All songs written by Pete Townshend.

  1. "I Am the Sea"
  2. "The Real Me"
  3. "Quadrophenia"
  4. "Cut My Hair"
  5. "The Punk and the Godfather"
  6. "I'm One"
  7. "The Dirty Jobs"
  8. "Helpless Dancer"
  9. "Is It in My Head?"
  10. "I've Had Enough"
  11. "5.15"
  12. "Sea and Sand"
  13. "Drowned"
  14. "Bell Boy"
  15. "Doctor Jimmy"
  16. "The Rock"
  17. "Love, Reign o'er Me"
    (Encore)
  18. "Who Are You"
  19. "The Kids Are Alright" (only played on 3 and 5 November)
  20. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (only played on 3 November)
  21. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  22. "Pinball Wizard" (not played 17 February)
  23. "You Better You Bet" (played on 1 November and 15 June)
  24. "Baba O'Riley"
  25. "Won't Get Fooled Again" (not played on 1 November)
  26. "Tea and Theatre" (started closing shows on 3 November, but not played 17 February)

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief Appearance[edit]

  1. "Who Are You"
  2. "Bell Boy"
  3. "Pinball Wizard"
  4. "See Me, Feel Me"/"Listening to You"
  5. "Baba O'Riley"
  6. "Love, Reign o'er Me"
  7. "Tea and Theatre"

"WHO Cares" Teen Cancer America Benefit[edit]

  1. "Who Are You"
  2. "The Kids Are Alright"
  3. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  4. "Pinball Wizard"
  5. "5.15"
  6. "Drowned"
  7. "You Better You Bet"
  8. "Love, Reign o'er Me"
  9. "Baba O'Riley"
  10. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets Sold / Available / Gross Revenue
North America[3][4]
1 November 2012 Sunrise, Florida United States BB&T Center 7,814 / 8,430 / $676,550
3 November 2012 Orlando, Florida Amway Center 8,209 / 9,682 / $691,889
5 November 2012 Duluth, Georgia Arena at Gwinnett Center 7,576 / 9,264 / $623,136
8 November 2012 Greenville, South Carolina BI-LO Center 7,256 / 8,913 / $524,953
9 November 2012 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum 7,631 / 8,970 / $635,192
11 November 2012 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center 8,318 / 9,603 / $681,724
13 November 2012 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 9,808 / 10,853 / $880,986
14 November 2012 Brooklyn Barclays Center 11,567 / 11,624 / $890,974
16 November 2012 Boston TD Garden 11,927 / 12,135 / $966,739
20 November 2012 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 8,591 / 10,412 / $639,260
21 November 2012 Ottawa Scotiabank Place 7,145 / 9,011 / $589,005
23 November 2012 Toronto Air Canada Centre 12,334 / 12,974 / $1,153,610
24 November 2012 Detroit United States Joe Louis Arena 10,783 / 12,652 / $909,095
27 November 2012 Minneapolis Target Center 7,154 / 7,691 / $513,964
29 November 2012 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena 21,380 / 22,858 / $1,783,368
30 November 2012
2 December 2012 Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena 9,596 / 9,941 / $742,965
5 December 2012 New York City Madison Square Garden 13,217 / 13,217 / $1,296,908
6 December 2012 Newark Prudential Center 10,936 / 11,494 / $930,461
8 December 2012 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 13,460 / 13,460 / $1,279,110
9 December 2012 Uncasville, Connecticut Mohegan Sun Arena 5,059 / 5,059 / $565,552
12 December 2012[A] New York City Madison Square Garden
28 January 2013 Anaheim, California Honda Center 8,338 / 10,138 / $771,655
30 January 2013 Los Angeles Staples Center 11,634 / 11,634 / $1,014,474
1 February 2013 Oakland, California Oracle Arena 11,676 / 11,676 / $1,029,917
2 February 2013 Reno, Nevada Reno Events Center 5,782 / 5,782 / $689,322
5 February 2013 San Diego Valley View Casino Center 7,693 / 8,829 / $688,144
6 February 2013 Glendale, Arizona Jobing.com Arena 6,770 / 7,585 / $638,613
8 February 2013 Las Vegas The Joint 5,418 / 5,418 / $968,169
10 February 2013
12 February 2013 Denver Pepsi Center 8,863 / 10,519 / $815,544
14 February 2013 Tulsa, Oklahoma BOK Center 7,216 / 9,822 / $687,485
16 February 2013 Louisville, Kentucky KFC Yum! Center 10,673 / 13,791 / $999,694
17 February 2013 Columbus, Ohio Value City Arena 10,938 / 12,075 / $953,777
19 February 2013 Hamilton, Ontario Canada Copps Coliseum 9,112 / 10,774 / $856,002
21 February 2013 Uniondale, New York United States Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 11,285 / 11,285 / $999,950
22 February 2013 Atlantic City, New Jersey Boardwalk Hall 12,324 / 12,417 / $1,083,091
24 February 2013 Manchester, New Hampshire Verizon Wireless Arena 6,615 / 7,793 / $658,170
26 February 2013 Providence, Rhode Island Dunkin' Donuts Center 7,138 / 7,790 / $682,034
28 February 2013 New York City The Theater at Madison Square Garden (Teen Cancer America Benefit)
Europe[5]
8 June 2013 Dublin Ireland The O2
10 June 2013 Belfast, Northern Ireland United Kingdom Odyssey Arena
12 June 2013 Glasgow, Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
15 June 2013 London, England The O2 Arena 29,710 / 31,420 / $3,171,600
16 June 2013
18 June 2013 Sheffield, England Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
20 June 2013 Newcastle, England Metro Radio Arena
23 June 2013 Manchester, England Manchester Arena
25 June 2013 Cardiff, Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
28 June 2013 Birmingham, England LG Arena
30 June 2013 Liverpool, England Echo Arena Liverpool
3 July 2013 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
5 July 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
8 July 2013 London, England United Kingdom Wembley Arena
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief"
  • Top 100 North American Mid Year Tours 2013: No. 30[6]
  • Total Gross: US $13.5 million
  • Total Attendance: 141,175
  • No. of concerts: 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Announce North American Tour Performing "Quadrophenia" Plus Who Classics". The Who. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Who To Bring 'Quad' To North America". Pollstar. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City: Prometheus Global Media) 125 (11). 23 March 2013. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on 16 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Allen, Bob (5 January 2010). "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Biz: Current Boxscore". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 31 July 2013. Archived from the original on 24 July 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pollstar Mid Year Top 100 North American Tours 2013". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 March 2013.