Kevin Mazur/WireImageBefore The Who hit the road this fall on their recently announced North American tour, the British rockers will entertain fans around the world when they take part in the London Olympics closing ceremony on August 12.
Not many details about the multi-artist, multimedia extravaganza have been officially announced. But during an online press event Wednesday to announce the tour, The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend revealed a bit about what they had planned for the big event.
According to Daltrey, The Who will be among the artists performing as a representation of "the arts that have come out of Britain." The singer then explained that he had come up with a selection of music his band will play as part of the ceremony's finale, and declared that he was "extremely proud of it."
Townshend added, "I suppose you might call it a medley, but it's not quite that. It's a very carefully structured, thematic piece…And it works incredibly well."
Daltrey, meanwhile, also mused about the significance of the performance as a celebration of the effort the athletes have put into their preparation for the Olympics.
"It's not about The Who being on a TV show," he insisted. "It's about just making great music that is apropos to the end of that event where you've had people who've given perhaps the last eight years of their lives to be there on that field doing their thing."
The Who announced Wednesday the launch of the North American tour in November that will feature the legendary band performing its entire classic 1973 album, Quadrophenia.
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