Pete Townshend: ”Quadrophenia’ was the last great album by The Who’

Guitarist says that it 'felt like the end' after releasing their classic LP

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The Who‘s Pete Townshend has declared that ‘Quadrophenia’ was the band’s “last great album” and that it “felt like the end” of the group after its release.

The guitarist, who was taking part in a Q & A session at Bush Hall, London to mark the re-release of ‘Quadrophenia’ was a special ‘Director’s Cut’ boxset on November 14, claimed that the LP was the band’s final “definitive album”.

He said: “I would say we only made three landmark records. ‘Tommy’, ‘Who’s Next’ and ‘Quadrophenia’.


“I’ve always felt that ‘Quadrophenia’ was the last definitive Who album. I’ve always regarded it as a very ambitious album, but what got away was the story.”

He later went on to add: “To me, it felt to me like it was the end. The reason I’ve spent so much time working on this new edition is because it’s an epochal record, the last great album by The Who.”

The Who originally released their classic rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ in 1973. The forthcoming boxset will include previously unheard demos, an exclusive eight-track 5.1 surround sound DVD, a deluxe hard-back book, previously unseen personal notes and photographs. The album will also be re-released in double vinyl, two-disc Digipak and digital versions.


Last week, Pete Townshend labelled technology giant Apple as a “digital vampire”, and claimed that the internet was “destroying copyright as we know it” and was damaging the growth of new music.

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