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ROGER DALTREY, TARGET CENTER, OCT. 5, 2011
Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., downtown Mpls., 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5. Box Office-612.673.0900. Tix: $38.50-$124. www.ticketmaster.com; www.thewho.com (you must become a member to participate in pre-sales through this website); www.targetcenter.com. Parking: Target Center ramp, various ramps along Hennepin, LaSalle and Marquette Avenues. NOTE: Thanks to the futility of the MN Twins thus far, it is extremely unlikely that any post-season baseball games will hamper parking downtown. 2nd NOTE: However unlikely, should the world end this Saturday as predicted by another looney toon, these particulars may be subject to change without notice. If you’re still alive after 6 p.m. Sat., please disregard 2nd notice.
Roger Daltrey’s long and sometimes turbulent career has included several solo albums, starring roles in over 10 motion pictures as well as joint projects with other friends. Daltrey is arguably one of the best frontmen to work the rock scene. His voice is stronger and he is a better singer than contemporaries like Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and Eric Clapton (Cream; solo). He often took a back seat to other better singers such as Freddie Mercury (Queen) and Steve Perry (Journey). Still, his impact on rock music is undeniable. Daltrey will be performing “Tommy”, the band’s 1969 rock opera, in its entirety for the first time ever. He will be backed by Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button (bass), Loren Gold (keys) and Simon Townshend (guitar). Simon is one of Who guitarist Peter Townshend’s younger brothers.
The Who performed Tommy extensively on tour during the two-three years following its release. During those years, they omitted “Cousin Kevin”, “Underture”, “Sensation” and “Welcome”. For their 20th Anniversary tour, the Who reinstated “Cousin Kevin” and “Sensation”. Daltrey’s tour will feature all 24 trax from the original LP, making him the only member to do so. Peter Townshend is not involved with this tour; original bassist John Entwhistle and original drummer Keith Moon are both deceased.
This presentation has already been performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall to rave reviews, both of the material and Daltrey’s voice and stage presence. As with many ‘aging geezers of rock’, one can never be certain there will be another tour following this one. If you are a hardcore Who/Daltrey fan, don’t miss this op. Tickets go on sale Friday morning (May 20).
“THE SHOOTIST” (1976).
The last of the Classic Westerns series. 7 p.m., Thurs., May 26, Riverview Theater, 38th-42nd Av. S., Mpls., $5. This is kind of a downer type of film, very late in John Wayne’s career. Regardless, it’s also one of his best efforts with an interesting story and a solid supporting cast. Enjoy!
SCREENWRITER’S WORKSHOP 1ST ANNUAL FEATURE SCRIPT CONTEST
Sponsored by Thomson Reuters Corp. and Mpls. Community and Technical College, Cinema Division. Visit www.screenwritersworkshop.org for contest details and membership aps. New members will be eligible to compete for the cash prizes as well as the opportunity for the winning script to be read by a Hollywood producer. This is a solid organization dedicated to helping local screenwriters develop their material and get it noticed. These people are trustworthy. Even if you don’t enter, check out their site to see what all they offer in their efforts to promote and develop local talent.