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THE WHO ANNOUNCE SPECIAL “QUADROPHENIA AND MORE” SHOW IN AID OF THE DOUBLE O CHARITY WEMBLEY ARENA JULY 8th

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THE WHO will be rounding off their sold out UK QUADROPHENIA AND MORE tour with a special show in aid of the Double O charity at Wembley Arena on July 8th,

 

This show will now see the band having performed at Wembley in five separate decades starting in 1975 and going up to the present date and will be the first time in over 15 years that the band have performed Quadrophenia at the venue.

 

North London holds a very special place in WHO history as in September 1964 two and a half miles away from Wembley Arena at The Railway Hotel on Wealdstone High Street, Pete Townshend smashed his first guitar (by mistake) and rock history was made.

 

This special show is in a aid of the Double O charity which was started by The Who in 1976 to support the world’s first women's refuge founded in Chiswick in 1971, this service is now known as Refuge

 

Refuge is a national domestic violence charity and has grown to become the largest specialist provider of domestic violence services across the country.  Its services include 45 women's refuges, community outreach services and independent domestic violence advocates who help abused women navigate the courts.  Refuge raises public awareness and lobbies for changes in policy and legislation.  

 

The Trust now runs as a private dispersal charity, focused, more than ever, on ‘survival’ of drug and alcohol damage, domestic violence, sexual abuse, music education, emergency relief for International disasters and young people’s prison reform.  In 2013 Double O is proud to still be supporting Refuge in its work to support women and children who experience domestic violence.

 

At Wembley Arena THE WHO will perform their iconic 1973 double album QUADROPHENIA in its entirety, along with a selection of WHO classics. The UK tour follows on from a hugely successful North American, tour, praised by press and fans alike as probably the definitive interpretation of Quadrophenia and a rock 'n' roll lover's dream come true” (Telegram.com, Boston). “QUADROPHENIA is their (The Who’s) boldest and most fully realized albums,” writes Rolling Stone, “but it's never quite gotten the live show it deserves – until now”.

 

The critically acclaimed QUADROPHENIA marked the British band’s second rock opera (after Tommy), raised the bar for rock albums as an art form, hit #2 on the UK album chart and massively influenced the future of UK style, fashion and culture – from Paul Weller to Bradley Wiggins, from Paul Smith to Noel Gallagher.  The album’s title is a variation on the popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia and exemplifies the four varying personalities of the band members who created the album. IGN placed QUADROPHENIA at No. 1 on its list of the greatest classic rock albums of all time and Q magazine placed QUADROPHENIA on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It features such classic WHO songs as “The Real Me,” “5:15” and “Love Reign o’er Me.”

 

This new concert version of QUADROPHENIA, personally directed by Roger Daltrey, focuses on the original album and replaces the narrative used in previous stage versions with powerful imagery projected on an array of massive screens, designed to support, complement and propel the musical content of the work by setting it in the context of the history of the band.

 

 

THE WHO QUADROPHENIA AND MORE UK TOUR 2013

 

June 8th           Dublin The O2

June 10th         Belfast Odyssey

June 12th         Glasgow SECC

June 15rd         London The O2

June 16th         London The O2

June 18th         Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

June 20th         Newcastle Metro Arena

June 23rd         Manchester Arena

June 25th         Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

June 28th         Birmingham LG Arena

June 30th         Liverpool Echo Arena

July 8th                        London Wembley Arena         

 

Tickets are available from www.aeglive.co.uk/

For more details, contact Julian Stockton, The Outside Organisation

T 020 7436 3633 julian.stockton@outside-org.co.uk

www.thewho.com

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

AEG LIVE

AEG Live, the Live division of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), is dedicated to all aspects of live entertainment and is the second largest concert promotion, special event and touring company in the world.

 

AEG Live produces over 6,000 music events per annum including worldwide tours for the likes of Bon Jovi, Usher, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Sade, Katy Perry, Peter Gabriel, Jerry Seinfeld and Paul McCartney as well as over 20 festivals such as Coachella, Stagecoach, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Sonisphere, Rockness and Wakestock.

AEG Live operates 115 stadiums, arenas and clubs on five continents with London’s The O2 arena, being named the Pollstar International Arena of the Year three years in a row and being considered the most popular venue on the planet for the past four years (1,737,654 tickets sold in 2010). 

 

As well as music events AEG Live hosts a multitude of exhibitions including King Tutankhamun, Body Worlds, Real Pirates, Michael Jackson, Grammy Museum and The British Music Experience.

 

DOUBLE O

 

Double O was started by The Who in 1976 to support the world’s first women's refuge founded in Chiswick in 1971.  This service is now known as Refuge.  Refuge is a national domestic violence charity and has grown to become the largest specialist provider of domestic violence services across the country.  Its services include 45 women's refuges, community outreach services and independent domestic violence advocates who help abused women navigate the courts.  Refuge raises public awareness and lobbies for changes in policy and legislation.  On any given day Refuge supports 2,000 women and children.   Double O/The Who undertook the first concert fundraiser for Nordoff-Robbins charity.  In 1983, Pete Townshend took over Double O and performed concerts to support a large number of drug rehab charities, the Prince’s Trust and Rock Against Racism. The Trust now runs as a private dispersal charity, focussed, more than ever, on ‘survival’ of drug and alcohol damage, domestic violence, sexual abuse, music education, emergency relief for International disasters and young people’s prison reform.  In 2013 Double O is proud to still be supporting Refuge in its work to support women and children who experience domestic violence.

 

Double O has dispersed about £4,000,000 and been indirectly responsible for the dispersal of another similar amount through Double O Promotions.

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