Pete Townshend oversees new edition of album including demos, DVDs and memorabilia
The Who have announced that they will release their classic 1973 rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ as a special ‘Director’s Cut’ boxset later this year.
Guitarist Pete Townshend revealed that he had been overseeing work on ‘Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut’, which will be released on November 14 and will include previously unheard demos, an exclusive eight-track 5.1 Sound DVD, a deluxe hard-back book, previously unseen personal notes, photographs, and other memorabilia that is yet to be revealed. The album will also be re-released in double vinyl, 2-disc digi-pak and digital versions.
This 2011 revisit to The Who‘s 1973 ‘Quadrophenia’ recording is inspired by current and continuing interest in the project. The Who performed a concert version of the piece at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 for the Teenage Cancer Trust with excellent reviews, and the success of that event led to the prospect of a Who tour in 2012 based on the album. The last such tour was between 1996-1997.
Earlier this month, Townshend refuted claims from his bandmate Roger Daltrey that his hearing was too damaged to play live, and claimed that The Who were planning on embarking on a ‘Quadrophenia’ tour.
Townshend did not join Daltrey for his ‘Tommy’ tour, which he took around the country this month, but insisted in a blog post that his hearing was “better than ever”, adding:
The reason I am not on the road with Roger is that this is entirely Roger‘s adventure, one that is bringing him great joy. I don’t belong on this ‘Tommy’ tour. I wish him well, sincerely, and I look forward to playing with Roger again doing ‘Quadrophenia’ next year.