September 25, 2020

2013-02-01 – The Los Angeles Times

2013 02 01 The_Los_Angeles_Times_Fri__Feb_1__2013_

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MICHAEL ROBINSON CHAVEZ Los Angeles Times

THE WHO’S Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Towns-
hend perform a track from “Quadrophenia” in LA.

POP MUSIC REVIEW

‘Quadrophenia’ as
it was meant to be

The Who performs its
emotionally rich work
in order and pulls it

off, at times thrillingly.

RANDALL ROBERTS
Pg? EIUSIC ERITIG

Few songwriters in Brit—
ish rock have had leftier
goals and more success than
Pete Townshend 0f the Who,
and few works from the clas-
sic rock era are as accom-
plished and emotionally rich
as “Quadrophenia,” the
Who’s 1973 rock opera f0-

Cused 0n rebel youth in
working class England.

Townshend and long-
time bandmate R0 ger Dalt-
rey celebrated the four dec-
ades since its release at Sta-
ples Center on Wednesday
night, presenting to a capac-
ity crowd the melodically
and thematically linked 80-
minute work as it was origi-
nally sequenced — as one big
story to be appreciated as a
Whole. Despite one’s skepti-
cism, they pulled it off — at
times thrillingly.

The early 1970s were fer-
tile days for lofty ambition in
rock, the age When the LP
flourished as a medium for

[See The Who, D15]