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- Posted on Nov 29th 2011 10:34AM by Cameron Matthews
The band has since released the deluxe version of 'Quadrophenia,' a two-part monster remaster that includes Townshend's wonderful demos of each track. As detailed in the interviews below, the guitarist and co. were sick and tired of playing 'Tommy' hits after a two-year tour, so they went about finding source material for a brand new opera.
The album is based on Jimmy, a young mod who looks to the four members of the Who for inspiration. The brand new 'Director's Cut' sees Townsend digging deeply into his personal archive to reimagine the birth of this awesome album.
"Yes we had a good time and, you know, Keith Moon showed up with a different girl and a different Rolls-Royce everyday, " Townsend excitedly details in the second interview below. "But when you asked him to go '1, 2, 3, 4' and play the drums, he did a great job. His drumming on that album is spectacular. John Entwistle was at the height of his powers, I think -- incredibly powerful, loquacious bass playing. Roger's singing is just off the map, he was a giant on that record. And my writing, I think, has never been better."
Check out the two-part interview below and pick up the reissue of 'Quadrophenia,' which is available now via Universal.