The Who were joined onstage by very special guests when performed their rock opera album ‘Quadrophenia’ in its entirety in London last night (March 29).
The performance was the first time remaining original members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend had played the album live since their 1990s ‘Quadrophenia’ tour. Frontman Daltrey had previously told NME.COM it would be the last time they play the 1973 album.
Taking to the stage at 9pm (GMT) after support group Sweet Billy Pilgrim, the duo were joined by Zak Starkey on drums, Simon Townshend on guitar and Pino Palladino on bass.
Flashing visuals of the band, scenes from the ’60s and seascapes were shown on the screen behind the stage plus snippets of a revamped version of the ‘Quadrophenia’ film, complete with a Phil Daniels look-alike actor playing Jimmy for second song and mod anthem ‘The Real Me’.
Pearl Jam frontman Vedder then joined the band to duet on ‘The Punk And The Godfather’. Later he returned to help the band perform ‘I’ve Had Enough’. Kasabian‘s Tom Meighan came on stage later during the song to add further vocals. Meighan was wearing a silver mod suit in a nod to the Ace Face character played by Sting in the film adaptation of Quadrophenia.
Townshend brought out a few of his signature windmill moves later on, while Vedder and Meighan returned for the second verse of ‘Sea And Sand’.
Townshend’ played ‘Drowned’ acoustically while Daltrey returned to the stage to begin ‘Bell Boy’, with Meighan appearing at the back of the stage after the first verse to sing the late Keith Moon‘s vocal parts.
Having refrained from any onstage banter throughout the gig, the band were then rejoined by their guest vocalists for one last time as they shook hands with the musicians, Townsend thanking the performers.
The Who played:
‘I Am The Sea’
‘The Real Me’
‘Cut My Hair’
‘The Punk And The Godfather’
‘The Dirty Jobs’
‘Is It In My Head’
‘I’ve Had Enough’
‘Sea And Sand’
‘Love Reign O’er Me’