By Kyle Anderson
Updated July 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM EDT
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The Who haven’t windmilled their way through North America in four years, but that drought is about to come to an end. The surviving members of the band — guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey — announced today that they will be embarking on a tour through the continent showcasing their legendary 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.

Though Tommy has always had a much greater following (and had a genuine hit attached to it in “Pinball Wizard”), it’s only one of a series of rock operas constructed by the Who over the course of their career. Quadrophenia doesn’t have as clean a narrative as Tommy, but it does showcase the band’s legendarily dynamic sound. Set in London in the ’60s, it’s an exploration of mental illness told through the eyes of a British teenager.

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, July 27, with a pre-sale a week earlier on July 20.

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