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The Who Announce Quadrophenia Box Set and 2012 Tour

Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend
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The Who‘s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are currently working on separate projects, but plan to unite for a 2012 tour in support of the upcoming box set edition of their 1973 classic ‘Quadrophenia.’

According to Gigwise, Townshend should be finished restoring his personal demos of ‘Quadrophenia’ by the time Daltrey completes his world tour in November. The new box set will be released on November 14.

On his personal blog, Townshend writes, “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.”

As Ultimate Classic Rock reported earlier, Daltrey is hesitant to tour again with Townshend because he fears the legendary guitarist may lose what’s left of his hearing. In an interview with the U.K. Daily Mail, Daltrey says, “He deafened himself in the recording studio, and when we last performed he had to stand right next to the speakers to hear anything. I don’t know what Pete will do.”

Townshend addresses his hearing problems on his blog as well, and apparently it’s enough for Daltrey to reconsider. “My hearing is actually better than ever. Because after a feedback scare at the O2 Indigo in December 2008 I am taking good care of it. I’m 66, I don’t have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus. DON’T WE ALL????”

Gigwise reports that the box set will also include an eight track DVD, previously unseen personal notes, memorabilia and a deluxe hard-bound book. It’s possible even more will be added to the package before it is released.

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