Who documentary lands in Lowell’s Showcase Cinema for one night only
Legendary Rockers The Who go behind the scenes and reveal all about the making of their groundbreaking 1973 album Quadrophenia for a new documentary screening in 500 theaters across the country Tuesday night only — including Lowell.
The Who: Quadrophenia — Can You See The Real Me? The Story Behind The Album, premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Lowell’s Showcase Cinema.
The one-night-only screening aims to get fans excited for the new Who tour, kicking off in Florida Nov. 1 Tickets for the 36-date tour, featuring surviving band members — guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey — go on sale Friday, July 26.
The Who are among the groups that led the British Invasion of bands in the United States in the mid-1960s following the massive success of The Beatles
Scoring hits like “My Generation” and “I Can See for Miles,” the foursome began experimenting with new styles that led to their first rock opera, Tommy, a 1969 work about a deaf, dumb and blind kid who was a whiz at pinball.
The band followed Tommy with Quadrophenia in 1973, a musical tale that chronicles the sad-sack life of British teen Mod Jimmy, who was so acutely sensitive to social pressures that he developed the four-way schizophrenia of the title. Jimmy’s condition is illustrated by four separate melodies — one associated with each member of The Who.
The documentary begins with a welcome message from lead guitarist and songwriter Townshend and features never-before-seen footage and stories for one of rock’s most influential bands, including drummer Keith Moon’s onstage collapse during the tour’s first show.
The original 1973 release earned a four-and-a-half star review in Rolling Stone magazine, which described Quadrophenia as a “superior tale with more taut-songwriting, grounded in Townshend’s memories of growing up angry, anguished and mod in the early 60s.”
In 2003, the magazine ranked it one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Daltrey and Townshend are both looking forward to hitting the road again. In the absence of the late Moon and bassist John Entwistle, the band will be rounded out by six more players including Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey on drums and Townshend’s younger brother, Simon, on guitar.
“I’m very proud of the music,” Townshend recently told the British press when describing a replay of Quadrophenia. “It’s a classic story about the trials of being young. That message still connects with fans of all ages, new and old.”
For a limited time, fans can order the “Quadrophenia Director’s Cut” box set with a free T-shirt for $99.98. The set features four CDs, including two discs of demos, DVD, book and more. Remastered Vinyl versions of Quadrophenia and a deluxe edition two-CD release, also with free T-shirts, are available here.
IF YOU GO
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Lowell Showcase Cinema, 32 Reiss Avenue