From the official The Who (Thewho.com) website: 22 September 2005 Quadrophenia / Tommy DVD press release A new three disc set, featuring live performances of Quadrophenia and Tommy is soon to be released. Here's the official press release for the U.K. I'll get back to you with U.S. release details when I get them. THE WHO 'Quadrophenia' and 'Tommy' Live with Special Guests Classic 3-DVD set with amazing never-before-seen footage and exclusive Daltrey/Townshend commentaries in MX Technology released 7th November 2005 Total Running Time (incl. commentaries): 6 hours 57 mins UK Cat. No. 034970500-2 "I think the beauty of the 'Quadrophenia' story is …..it's to do withadolescence. It's to do with theturmoil of growing up. That's why it doesn't age in the same way as other rock music does. In that sense that is a lot of the reasonwhy The Who is just as relevant today as we ever were. There'sa timelessness to those songs." Roger Daltrey commentary 'Tommy' is such a powerful piece when it's played live. Somethingabout its shape and its original function. You know, as I said, the story is clunky and it's got holes in the plot. But at the end……I don't know why but it works." Pete Townshend commentary A unique 3-DVD package featuring never-before-seen footage and exclusive commentary from both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey talking about two legendary stage performances of Tommy and Quadrophenia is released this autumn - an absolute must for all Who fans and anyone with even a passing interest in classic rock. The unseen footage includes some unearthed material from 1964 of The Who performing at a London pub shortly before releasing their first hit single, 'I Can't Explain'. This footage appears as part of an extraordinary sequence during the 'Quadrophenia' show. The DVD, produced by The Who and Warner Music Video, comprises a live performance of Quadrophenia taken from the U.S. Tour of 1996/7. This was the first time Quadrophenia had been performed as Townshend and Daltrey had originally visualised it - with a combination of acting, specially shot film, and visual and audio treats. It features spell-binding newcomer Alex Langdon in the role of Jimmy, the disillusioned mod, as well as a memorable performance from Billy Idol as The Ace Face and P.J. Proby as The Godfather. The second DVD features the 1989 live performance of 'Tommy' at the Universal Amphitheatre in L.A., with special guest performers Elton John, Phil Collins, Billy Idol, Patti La Belle and Steve Winwood. Highlights include Patti Labelle's show-stopping performance of The Acid Queen, Elton John's rendition of Pinball Wizard and the appearance of Phil Collins as you've never seen him before - as the creepy, filthy Uncle Ernie. Both performances show Townshend, Daltrey and bassist John Entwistle at their musical peak and the many DVD extras include the first ever use of MX Technology as an interactive visual commentary which allows the viewer to access exclusive interviews/commentary by Daltrey and Townshend while the action progresses, simply by pressing the Enter button. There are also mind-blowing menus containing souvenirs and photos of the shows, a new interview with Billy Idol, the Story of Quadrophenia with Aubrey Powell -director of the special film shot for the live performance - telling how the show was put together. A third DVD in the package has nearly two hours of live Who and Townshend solo hits including some rare acoustic performances of some Who favourites making this truly an exceptional piece of Who history all in stunning 5:1 sound. Both 'Tommy' and 'Quadrophenia' include a candid commentary from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend about the events surrounding each performance, insights into each song and many asides - often funny, sometimes moving, always fascinating. While discussing the 'Tommy' performance, Daltrey explains that after Elton John had had a bit of a 'moment' in rehearsal, no-one knew whether he would turn up to perform at the actual show! "I was quite ready to jump in and sing it ('Pinball Wizard') if he hadn't appeared on stage. I remember the night before at rehearsal I had to sit pretending I was playing piano and singing like Elton John sings it, in his key - because we thought well we'd better do it in his key just in case he does turn up. And I remembered sitting at his piano and singing through his microphone and I don't know what they do to his voice on the microphone but I was absolutely amazed that I sounded like Elton John!" There's also a definitive answer to the question of why Townshend smashed up a few guitars in his time: "The guitar smashing thing in my life was not what it appeared. I was never ever angry on the stage. I was never out of control of my emotions. I was very, very cool. I've never been nervous on stage. The bigger the audience, the less nervous I am. I'm very detached, quite cold on the stage. It was definitely an artistic act. When I was at college, I studied with a whole bunch of really fascinating people and, I came out with what I felt was an idea which was that I would be in this band and we would destroy ourselves. That was the thesis, in a word. And the guitar-smashing was just a part of it. And we failed. I think we failed really because we had a hit and really an artist's vanity got me. I desperately wanted The Who to be like what the Sex Pistols actually went on to do later, which was to be a band for five minutes. If you look at my interviews of the day, I say, 'The Who is a band chopping away at their own legs.' This is what we wanted." Aubrey Powell, speaking about how he and the band had trawled through the vaults to uncover the 'new' footage, explained: "I feel that we are acting almost as documentarians for future generations. I believe these works, which sound as relevant today as they did when they were written, will still resonate hundreds of years from now." In 2005, The Who's status has never been higher - with an acclaimed and show-stopping performance at Live 8, a raft of new bands ,paying homage to their influence and a new album on the way, the band enter their fifth decade arguably more relevant than ever. The full track-listing on each DVD is: DVD - 1 Quadrophenia - Live on US Tour 1996 I Am The Sea The Real Me Quadrophenia Cut My Hair The Punk And The Godfather I'm One The Dirty Jobs Helpless Dancer Is It In My Head? I've Had Enough 5:15 Sea And Sand Drowned Bell Boy Doctor Jimmy The Rock Love Reign O'er Me Extras: The Quadrophenia Story (documentary piece), Visual Commentary by Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend DVD - 2 Tommy - Live at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles 1989 featuring special guests Elton John, Steve Winwood, Patti Labelle, Phil Collins and Billy Idol. Overture It's A Boy 1921 Amazing Journey Sparks Eyesight To The Blind Christmas Cousin Kevin The Acid Queen Pinball Wizard Do You Think It's Alright? Fiddle About There's A Doctor Go To The Mirror! Smash The Mirror Tommy Can You Hear Me? I'm Free Extra Extra/ Miracle Cure Sally Simpson Sensation Tommy's Holiday Camp We're Not Gonna Take It Extras: Photo Gallery, Visual Commentary by Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend DVD - 3 TOMMY ENCORE Substitute I Can See For Miles Baba O'Riley Face the Face Love Reign O'er Me Boris the Spider Dig Join Together Rough Boys You'd Better You Bet Behind Blue Eyes Won't Get Fooled Again Who Are You QUAD ENCORE Won't Get Fooled Again (Acoustic) Substitute I Can't Explain The Kids Are Alright Behind Blue Eyes Who Are You Giants Stadium - Acid Queen A Little Is Enough Pinball Wizard Extras: Billy Idol interview Wow.Was lucky enough to see all these live shows: Tommy at Radio City,Quadrophenia at MSG,and the Giants Stadium show(The Clash opened).Looking forward to this set especially the Quadrophenia show.Zak Starkey and Pete's brother Simon were in the band.Pete played acoustic and Simon electric guitar for the whole show.Pete was having hearing problems which accounted for the acoustic guitar.Gary Glitter was also on hand as the Godfather.He looked like Devine.Roger,Pete and John were all amazing and an amazing show to have a document of.