Happy Birthday to Roger Daltrey, who turns 74 today (March 1st). 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 — which is now comprised of 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.
Coming on April 20th will be the first official release of the Who’s legendary 1968 performance at New York’s Fillmore East. The Who At The Fillmore East 1968 will be officially issued as a double CD and two-record set, featuring tracks recorded during the band’s second night of the stand on April 6th, 1968 — only two days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis.
Over the past decade, Roger Daltrey has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness for the Who’s patron charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust. Daltrey told us he’s doing all he can to socialize teen cancer patients, who respond far better to being with others their own age during treatment than being stuck on a kids’ ward, or with full-grown adults: “I went to Yale when we first started this off. In Yale there were three boys that had Leukemia and they were all in three different rooms, and not one of them knew that the next boy next to them had the same disease, was sittin’ with his parents, all worried to death. Not one of them met each other and none of the parents had met each other. I mean, I just think that’s criminal.”
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