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Roger Daltrey Is Set To Perform The Who's 'Tommy' On 10-City Tour



Almost half a century since the release of Tommy, The Who's Roger Daltrey is going on a concert tour to perform the classic 1969 album.

The 73-year-old will head to 10 cities in the United States including Nashville, Philadelphia, Lenox, and others. He is also expected to sing with local orchestras as well as some artists who have been a part of The Who's tour ensemble, including Simon Townshend, Frank Simes, Loren Gold, Jon Button, and Scott Devours.

The Roger Daltrey Tour will kick off in New York, where he will perform at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic on June 8.

A Classic

"I'm really looking forward to singing Tommy, not only with my great backing group, but also some of the finest orchestras in the country," Daltrey said in a statement. "Pete Townshend's rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. With the arrangements written by David Campbell, it should make a memorable night of entertainment for all those who love the arts."

Townshend is, of course, a singer and principal songwriter of The Who. He also had his own orchestral tour last year to perform songs from the 1973 album Quadrophenia. The short four-stop tour also featured Billy Idol and Alfie Boe.

Tommy was The Who's fourth studio album. Released in May of 1969, the rock opera tells the story of a "deaf, dumb, blind" boy and his experiences in life.

The album spawned the hit singles "Pinball Wizard," "I'm Free," and "Acid Queen." It was also adapted into a movie in 1975 that starred Daltrey as the titular character.

New Projects

Later this year, Daltrey will release his autobiography, which took him three years to write and will include accounts from his days with The Who. The singer-songwriter is also set to come out with his first solo album in 26 years (his last album was Rocks in My Head released back in 1992).

He performed his new song, "Always Heading Home," during a show last year.

Daltrey will also perform a benefit concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The legendary musician has been a patron of the organization since 2000.

"We're now into our 18th year of Teenage Cancer Trust Shows at the Royal Albert Hall and in that time these concerts have raised well over £25 million, as well as giving the Teenage Cancer Trust a voice to educate the public about the special needs of this group within the NHS," he stated.

At his performance on March 22, he promises to perform songs from The Who as well as singles that the English band has never performed live.

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