Pete Townshend to bring ‘Classic Quadrophenia’ to Tanglewood

Pete Townshend with The Who performing in concert at the TD Garden in Boston in 2012.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Pete Townshend with The Who performing in concert at the TD Garden in Boston in 2012.

In 1970, The Who played a ferocious show at Tanglewood, delivering one of the finest performances ever of its rock opera “Tommy.”

All these years later, guitarist Pete Townshend is returning to the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer abode in the Berkshires to perform “Classic Quadrophenia,” an orchestral version of The Who’s other great rock opera, “Quadrophenia.”


The Sept. 2 show in Lenox will be one of only two US performances of the show — it’ll be performed in Los Angeles two weeks later — with Townshend, Billy Idol, and tenor Alfie Boe set to perform with the Boston Pops orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart.

“Quadrophenia,” originally released as a double album in 1973, was a conceptual work honoring the British Mod movement. It was later turned into a feature film starring (a very young) Sting.

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Tickets for “Classic Quadrophenia” at Tanglewood are $39-$189 and go on sale June 13. Then start polishing up the Vespa. Meanwhile, here’s The Who at Tanglewood.

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