Roger Daltrey Performs The Who's TOMMY + Who Classics & More
Roger Daltrey, the iconic lead singer of The Who, will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera TOMMY from start to finish at the Mann as part of their US tour. (The Who never actually played the complete TOMMY live. 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.) When Daltrey and his band first performed TOMMY earlier this year at a sell out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Independent called the show “a faithful reading... The stand-outs, ‘I'm Free', ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and the anthemic climax of ‘We're Not Gonna Take It’ are rousing.”
Employing striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an unforgettable experience for lifelong fans and newcomers alike, who will be treated not only to the full majesty of TOMMY, but also to a variety of Who Classics and more. Daltrey describes the show and visuals as “A TOMMY show for today’s audience from a different perspective.”
TOMMY is one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era. Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name, with Daltrey playing the title role, which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.
Daltrey is pulling out all the stops with a full backing band that will bring the rock opera’s wide-ranging sounds and textures vibrantly to life. Joining him 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 and 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."
“TOMMY, an album that 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. 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,” adds Daltrey.
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Please note: If you are 21 years of age or older and plan to consume alcohol at the concert, please be prepared to present proper I.D. There is no re-entry once exiting the facility.