Apparently, rock legends The Who never performed their opera “Tommy” in its entirety, live. A wrong that frontman Roger Daltrey aims to right on an upcoming six-week tour, in which he’ll sing the two-disc classic from start to finish.
The juggernaut hits San Jose Civic on Sept. 21. He premiered the clever concept on March 25 at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, in a benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at www.aeglive.com. Special fan club packages will be made available at www.thewho.com.
Daltrey does have dibs on the material.
“Tommy” sold over 20 million copies, was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998, and, of course, spawned the historic film of the same name, in which Daltrey starred. So get ready to hear his reinterpretations of its signature anthems like “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen” and “See Me, Feel Me,” backed by elaborate visuals and followed by more Who catalog classics.
Backing Daltrey will be guitarist Frank Simes, bassist Jon Button, keyboardist Loren Gold, drummer Scott Deavours, with Pete Townshend’s brother Simon chiming in on six-string.
Pete himself blessed the venture, saying he’ll be there in spirit.