Roger Daltrey will perform live in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday, October 14, 2011 at the Midland Theater. The concert, which will no doubt be an amazing time, will showcase one of rock’s most charismatic, legendary lead singers of all-time.
Roger Daltrey will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera Tommy in its entirety from start to finish. The Who never actually played the complete Tommy album live. Roger Daltrey recently spoke with Rolling Stone Magazine about his upcoming tour. Here are some of the highlights from that article.
“My Tommy is much more like the original conception,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s more like the Who were on record than we ever were on stage. It’s interesting to hear it in its pure form with all the backing vocals and other instruments. There’s also quite a few songs from the album that the Who never even played. I’m doing the whole thing.”
His aim is to approach the material from a new perspective. “My narrative has more to do with the listener listening to the album,” Daltrey says. “I’ve always felt that my perspective of Tommy has always been from inside it – not from outside. I think that the secret of the success of those albums in those days was the fact that the listener was getting their their own subjective view of what it was about. There is was a little bit of them in ‘see me, feel me, touch me, heal me.’ Indeed, I feel like there’s a bit of everybody going through that in all stages of their life. With this show, I’m trying to take you on a spiritual journey.”
To help realize his vision, Daltrey commissioned local college students to create visuals that will be projected on screens during the show. “I wanted to get Tommy for today,” he says. “Not the Sixties and Seventies. It’s very, very different. I’m completely knocked out by what they have done with it. It’s very difficult to explain what exactly it is, but it’s a lot of beautiful animation and a lot of really, really avant-garde ideas. It’s wonderful to look at.”
At the end of the show, Daltrey plans on performing other songs from the Who’s vast catalog, including rarities like like “Goin’ Mobile” and “Blue Red & Grey.” “We also do a lot of of hits from the Sixties that the Who had to stop doing in the Seventies because, overnight, John [Entwistle] lost his angel quality voice,” he says. “Even in those other incarnations of the Who – which were really more Pete’s design than mine – we’ve never had the backing vocals particularly like the sound of The Who.”
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