Roger Daltrey is hitting the road this summer and once again touring behind the Who’s 1969 rock opera, Tommy. Daltrey, who has a handful of hits-based shows on the books throughout March, begins the Tommy tour on June 8th in Bethel, New York at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and wraps the dozen show run a month later on July 8th at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio’s Blossom Music Center. In addition to his band, Daltrey will be backed at every stop by a local orchestra.
As usual, the tour features Daltrey backed by his regular solo musicians, No Plan B — who now comprise nearly all of the Who’s official touring band — minus Pete Townshend. The band features keyboardist and Who musical director Frank Simes on lead guitar and Scott Devours — who drummed for the Who during their recent Quadrophenia And More tour handling drum duties instead of Zak Starkey. Rounding out the solo band is Simon Townshend — Pete Townshend’s kid brother and longtime Who and Daltrey sideman. Also on board is bassist Jon Button and keyboardists Loren Gold and John Corey.
Although he’s in no way has forgotten the band’s incredible history, Roger Daltrey recognizes that the Who remains very much a part of the now — both in terms of the business and a still growing legion of fans: “It’s nice to have survived, because we did lose a lot of friends on the way. It is extraordinary — and (to) still able to be able to draw an audience that in some ways is, y’know — to what young bands kind of draw — is enormous; thanks to things, like CSI and our songs being on there and other bands picking up Who music and saying that it influenced them. Their fans come and see us and they say: ‘Woo, this is something different.’ I mean, it’s true, Who music is very different from most rock n’ roll that’s out there.”
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