By Phyllis Pollack
Roger Daltrey, lead vocalist of The Who, will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera ‘Tommy’ in its entirety from start to finish.
The album was the first-ever rock opera. It was composed by the band’s guitarist Pete Townshend, with the exception of two tracks composed by the late Who bassist John Entwistle. In 1993, Townshend wrote the book ‘The Who’s Tommy,’ about the making of the album.
Daltrey premiered the spectacular show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25 and the tour is now starting. Tickets for the AEG Live-produced tour go on sale Thursday, May 19 (Canada performances) and Friday, May 20 at 10:00 AM (U.S.; see below for full list of on sales) and a special American Express card member pre-sale begins Monday, May 16 at 10:00 AM via www.aeglive.com (ending May 18 in Canada and May 19 in the U.S.). A variety of VIP packages will be available including options for artist meet-and-greets, reserved seating, collectible memorabilia and more (for additional details, please click here: www.aeglive.com).
The six-week trek September 13 in Hollywood, FL and ends November 2 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB. Fan Club pre-sales are available for most dates. Details are being finalized, so please check www.thewho.com for updates.
The album ‘Tommy’ was inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
The 20 times platinum double album also became a successful 1975 film of the same name, with Daltrey playing the title role. Others in the film’s cast included Townshend, the late Keith Moon, Entwistle, Tina Turner, Elton John, Ann Margaret, Ken Russell, Jack Nicholson and Eric Clapton.
Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee Daltrey is pulling out all the stops with a full band that will bring the rock opera’s wide-ranging sounds and textures to life vibrantly on stage every evening. Joining Daltrey will be Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button (bass), Loren Gold (keyboards) and also on guitar will be Simon Townshend, younger brother of The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend.
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says, “Great to see Roger performing Tommy with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit. Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of ‘Tommy’ using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs.”
Throughout this tour, songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” promise to transport attendees into the world of this classic album with shuddering intensity and poetic power. CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE BELOW THE ADVERTISEMENT.
A 1989 tour by The Who saw them reprise ‘Tommy’ live. The upcoming Daltrey tour will differ in that all of the album’s songs will be played in sequence. Daltrey and his band performed Tommy in earlier this year at a sell-out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 25.
“Tommy’s lyrics tells a story about a ‘deaf, dumb, and blind boy’ who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, will always be seen as a turning point for the band,” says Daltrey. “Within it, I found the new voice of The Who and the band found its stride in making that music, adjusting it, using all that knowledge that we had from jazz and the blues into making it work in a rock way.”
“Listen to the album ‘Tommy,’ and you’ll see your entire future,” was a line from the Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film ‘Almost Famous.’
The tour dates are as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE
9/13 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock
9/15 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Pavilion
9/17 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
9/18 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
9/21 Philadelphia, PA MANN Center
9/23 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
9/24 Hartford, CT XL Center
**9/27 Montreal, QC Place Des Arts
**9/28 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
**9/30 Toronto, ON Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
10/1 Windsor, ON The Coliseum at Caesars Windsor
10/5 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Theater at Target Center
10/7 Hammond, IN Venue at Horseshoe Casino
10/8 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
10/11 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
10/12 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
10/14 Kansas City, MO The Midland by AMC
10/16 Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center
10/19 Los Angeles, CA NOKIA Theatre
10/21 San Jose, CA San Jose Civic
10/22 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
10/24 Portland, OR Rose Quarter-Theatre of the Clouds
10/25 Seattle, WA Key Arena at Seattle Center
**10/27 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
**10/29 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
**10/30 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
**11/1 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
**11/2 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
**Shows on sale Thursday, May 19; all other shows go on sale Friday, May 20. Tickets for the U.S. shows are available at www.aeglive.com.