Roger Daltrey to Perform "Tommy" in Entirety on Tour
Fri, 13 May 2011 12:46:47
The iconic Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, will perform The Who's legendary rock opera Tommy in its entirety from start to finish. It's a first, since The Who itself never actually played the complete Tommy.
Daltrey premiered the spectacular show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25th and is now taking the show on the road. Tickets for the AEG Live-produced tour go on sale Thursday, May 19th (Canada performances) and Friday, May 20th at 10 AM for US shows. However, a special American Express card member pre-sale begins Monday, May 16th at 10 AM via www.aeglive.com and it ends May 18th in Canada and May 19th in the US.)
In addition, a variety of VIP packages will be available including options for artist meet-and-greets, reserved seating, collectible memorabilia and more. It's a "must see" show for The Who fans.
Employing the use of striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an unforgettable concert 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 The Who classics and more.
The much-anticipated six-week tour launches September 13th in Hollywood, FL and concludes November 2nd at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB. Fan Club pre-sales are available for most dates. Details are being finalized, so please check here for updates.
Tommy is not only one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era, it is an enduring album that resonates on radio to this day where it has found multi-generational appeal. Inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album also spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name--with Daltrey playing the title role--which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.
The singer s 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. Look at the last name. Yes, it's the younger brother of The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend.
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend said, "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.
Roger describes the show and visuals as "A Tommy Show for today's audience from a different perspective." If you don't know the Tommystory, you must not be a true rock fan! The album that tells a story about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who becomes the leader of a messianic movement.
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 19th; all other shows go on sale Friday, May 20th.
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