The Who

Nearly a half-century into his career, Roger Daltrey still twirls his microphone like a lasso and Pete Townshend attacks his guitar with his trademark windmill windup. These two long-time members of the Who — the iconic, erstwhile iconoclastic rock band from the heady days of the British Invasion — pull into town with a full-length version of Townshend's second rock opera, Quadrophenia. Frenetic drummer Keith Moon and implacable bassist John Entwistle, both integral to the Who's sound, each died before he got old, and fitting tributes are reportedly embedded in the current show. Daltrey and Townshend (also with a new biography out) have sustained the band's legacy in somewhat sporadic fashion. But this Quadrophenia, Townshend's quest for meaning amid the Mods and Rockers drama of the early '60s, reportedly is full of spunk and spirit, with the band's lineup fleshed out by drummer Zak Starkey (Ringo's son), brother Simon Townshend on guitar, and bassist Pino Palladino. Additional Who nuggets will round out the set. Opening will be Vintage Trouble, an L.A. quartet specializing in classic soul, blues, and R&B fronted by James Brown-inspired Ty Taylor.
Tue., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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