Pete Townshend on the upcoming Classic Quadrophenia shows... Excerpt from the @bostonglobe Interview by @laurendaley1
Q. How did Billy Idol get involved?
A. We needed a suitable Ace Face. The Ace Face is the kingpin mod, who Jimmy is greatly intimidated by. Billy Idol did that role when The Who did [“Quadrophenia”] in 1996 in Hyde Park. He played it magnificently.
Q. So you’ve known him a while.
A. He’s a good friend. He was in a band called Generation X. In 1977, he was in the first proper punk band I every saw. I went to a club called The Vortex — taken by Keith Moon in his pink Rolls-Royce. [Laughs] I was 32 at the time, and Billy was a kid, really. I expected to be spat at and called an old fart, but he was very polite. [Laughs] We’ve been friends ever since.