Considered one of the seminal albums of the rock canon, last year The Who played all of Tommy for the first time in 28 years at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of a benefit concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Daltrey performed it in its entirety with his band during his 2011 solo tour. The opportunity to bring an orchestral dynamic to the raw emotion and cathartic impact of the songs that cemented Daltrey’s legacy as a vocal powerhouse adds a compelling dimension to the music’s timelessness.
Supported by the band of regular Who players, including guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, and drummer Scott Devours, and complemented by some of the best orchestral institutions in the US, Daltrey’s indelible presence on this summer’s stages is sure to enliven the deaf/dumb/blind boy once again!
ABOUT ROGER DALTREY
Roger Daltrey has appeared onstage away from The Who on many occasions. His 1994 solo concert at Carnegie Hall with The Juilliard Orchestra was the fastest selling event in the venue’s history. The following year he appeared on stage as the Tin Man in a production of The Wizard of Oz at Lincoln Center, and in 1998 he starred as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. He has also performed with his friends The Chieftains, a traditional Irish band, and toured the world with the British Rock Symphony interpreting a variety of rock classics.
Daltrey’s film career began, appropriately enough, with the title role in Ken Russell’s kaleidoscopic 1975 adaptation of The Who’s rock opera Tommy. He has since appeared in some 30 films, portraying composer Franz Liszt (as well as writing lyrics and performing several songs) in Russell’s wild classical music fantasia Lisztomania, the lead in the gritty crime drama McVicar (for which he also furnished the hit soundtrack), and roles in The Legacy, Vampirella, Johnny Was, and many more. His television work includes appearances on CSI, That ’70s Show, and Rude Awakening.
The singer’s solo discography includes the acclaimed discs Daltrey, Ride a Rock Horse, One of the Boys, and Under a Raging Moon, and such hit singles as “I’m Free,” “Giving It All Away,” “Without Your Love,” “Free Me,” and “After the Fire.” His solo work has been compiled into two anthologies, Martyrs and Madmen (1997) and Moonlighting (2005). Later in 2018, Daltrey’s autobiography and his first solo album in 26 years will be released. In the meantime, Daltrey is ready to use his voice to do the thing he was born to do—bring rock fans to their feet.