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The Who announces major North American tour

Band will play 'Quadrophenia' album, track by track

Oh, what a happy day this is for fans of The Who! Not only is one of the world's greatest rock bands ever going on tour -- the band is going to play one of its most incredible albums in its entirety.

I'm talking about Quadrophenia. Yes, the rock opera is going to get played track by track on this upcoming Who tour, so I strongly suggest that fans get tickets when they go on sale. Even casual fans are going to want to see these shows.Four years after they last toured North America, The Who will hit the road again beginning on November 1, 2012, with a show at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Other major dates  on the first leg of the Quadrophenia tour include Washington DC (Verizon Center), Boston (TD Garden), Chicago (Allstate Arena) and New York City (Madison Square Garden). Leg two of the tour begins on January 28, 2013, in Anaheim (Honda Center) and wraps up on February 26, 2013, in Providence, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

All total, The Who will visit 36 cities over about four months. That's a pretty sweet deal for those of us who've been craving some live Who in recent years. To see the full list of concert dates (with the venues), you can visit The Who's official website. If you're a member of The Who's fan club, you're in luck: You'll get the chance to purchase tickets to the shows before the rest of us.

The press conference announcing this tour was great, with Pete Townshend saying that he and Roger Daltrey were itching to get back to business. Townshend said, "We've been anxious to work together before we drop dead."

Life is short, and while hopefully Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have many more years of living to do, it's great that they recognize that now is the time to tour. The Who is phenomenal live -- one of the best live rock bands I've ever seen. Do yourself a favor and pick up tickets for one of these shows. You won't regret it!