Keith Moon

The Who's Pete Townshend, orchestra bring classical grandeur to rock opera 'Quadrophenia' at the Greek

The Who's Pete Townshend, orchestra bring classical grandeur to rock opera 'Quadrophenia' at the Greek

If “Tommy” is the Who’s great rock opera, its successor, “Quadrophenia,” might more accurately be described as the rock group’s great opera.

That perspective is reinforced by “Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia,” which the Who’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter brought to the Greek Theatre on Saturday with the backing of a massive orchestra and choir and featured soloists Billy Idol, classically trained English tenor Alfie Boe, and Townshend himself.

It was the last of just four (fittingly) U.S. performances of the orchestral adaptation of the Who’s original work that Townshend commissioned from his wife, composer Rachel Fuller, “so that when I died, there would be...

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