Gisteravond werd “Classic Quadrophenia” opgevoerd in de Londense Royal Albert Hall. Alfie Boe, Billy Idol, Phil Daniels en Pete namen deel aan het concert, samen met het Royal Philharmonic Orchestra en het London Oriana Choir.
The Telegraph heeft een recensie.
“Along with Townshend’s cameo, there was a colloquial directness contrasting with Alfie Boes’ gorgeous yet airily operatic voice. It was obvious that they belonged to different disciplines but Boe really came into his own on the full blown emotional splendour of Love Reign O’er Me. The Who’s Roger Daltrey screamed the original in spiritual torment. Boe turned it into a spine tingling hymn.
The audience was rapturously impressed, with standing ovations all round. But if this vivid reimagining did demonstrate the inherent power of Townshend’s original vision, it also left me hankering for the power and personality of his band. It was odd to see so many musicians failing to quite match the kind of force routinely stirred up by a quartet. The future of rock opera surely needs to find a way to include rock in the equation“.