Quadrophenia has always been a bit of a contentious issue with some loving and others hating its portrayal of Mod Culture. Personally speaking I am a fan, I first saw it at about 13 and it made me want to know more about Mod culture and style. I was a huge fan of the soundtrack and it had entered my life at an age when I was starting to become a lot more aware of music. It might play on the more obvious points of Mod culture but there is no doubting its influence since its release.
Now with the latest chapter of Quadrophenia on the horizon, as Townshend rock opera gets the orchestral treatment at London’s Royal Albert Hall on July 5th, the debate is bound to get sparked again.
Backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with English Tenor Alfie Boe, replacing Daltrey on vocals there are bound to be some pretty strong opinions. Townshend has never hid his ambition to push boundaries musically and this appears to be another facet that he can add to his CV.
Alfie Boe was even spotted at our friend’s, Modfather Clothing, presumably preparing for his role in the show. If you want to find out a bit more about the Quadrophenia show at The Royal Albert Hall in July click here.
You can sample Alfie Boe’s vocals on Townshend’s ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ below which was released over on The Who’s VEVO channel.
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