Friday July 20, 2012

NEW YORK -- The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are taking "Quadrophenia" and other Who classics on the road for a U.S. tour this fall, but first plan what Daltrey calls a great finale for the Olympic Games in London.

"We have recorded a piece of music that is a fabulous ending for the Olympics Š and just shows the great music that has come out of this country," Daltrey said Wednesday as he sat next to Townshend. Both are British.

The Who’s Olympic performance will be a tuneup of sorts for their American tour, which kicks off Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., and will end in Providence, R.I., on Feb. 26.

The last time they toured the United States was in 2008.

During a wide-ranging video conference, the surviving members of the legendary band were asked if they were planning to use holograms for the late members Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

"I thought about it but everybody is doing it now," said Daltrey. "I don’t know whether we need it. And it’s only a gimmick."

The double album "Quadrophenia," released in 1973, was the Who’s second acclaimed rock opera ("Tommy" being the first).

The band will play the album in its entirety. A documentary about the making of the album, "The Who: Quadrophenia -- Can You See the Real Me?" will be shown July 24 in theaters across the country.