Roger Daltrey launches his latest solo tour tonight (June 8th) as part of his summer trek featuring the Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy performed in its entirety. Tonight’s show at Bethel, New York’s Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will feature Daltrey and his band backed by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic 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. In addition to his band, Daltrey will be backed at every stop by a local orchestra.
Roger Daltrey continues to tour on his own and play charity gigs as much as possible. He admits that at this stage of the game — especially with Who shows looming in the not too distant future — he physically needs to sing as often as he can: “If I ever stopped singing, I wouldn’t be able to do this, so I just make sure I just keep singing, keep the voice in. You’ve got to keep doing it, especially singing like the way I sing. I could do some serious damage if I stop, so I’ve just gotta keep going.”
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