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Roger Daltrey set for a string of fall solo dates
Roger Daltrey has slowly been adding solo dates for this fall after The Who wraps up its work for the year. Daltrey, who likes to keep his voice warmed up during the band's "down time," so far has dates on the books for Riviera Maya, Mexico; Hollywood, Florida; and a double shot in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
As usual, the gigs will feature Daltrey backed by his regular solo musicians -- who now comprise nearly all of the Who's official touring band. Minus Pete Townshend; keyboardist and the Who's musical director Frank Simes moves over to lead guitar and Scott Devours -- who drummed for the Who during their recent Quadrophenia And More tour will be on drums 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 his most recent solo shows, Roger Daltrey has taken to playing a solo ukulele version of the band's 1975 Townshend-sung The Who By Numbers standout "Blue, Red, & Grey" giving fans the opportunity for the first time to hear any member of the Who perform it live: "'Blue, Red, & Grey' I love, because it’s a song we never, ever did onstage, that I used to plead with Pete to play. It’s the song that John (Entwistle) did the brass arrangements for, which we now can replicated on keyboards, of course -- which, y’know, give me memories of my days that I grew up with working class societies and communities that had all those bands; the coal mine bands, the steel mill bands, shipyard bands. It just evolves a memory of a past that we lost, y’know?"
Updated: Roger Daltrey tour dates (subject to change):
October 27 - Riviera Maya, Mexico - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
November 1 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live
November 6, 8 - Niagara Falls, ON - Fallsview Casino
The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):
August 11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
August 13 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park
August 16 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
Coming on August 18th is the Who's five CD set, Maximum A's & B's, featuring 86 tracks from the Brunswick, Reaction, Track, and Polydor labels. The new set "presents all of the band's A-sides, B-sides and EP's in one place for the very first time.”
Maximum A's & B's includes such classic hits such as "Pictures Of Lily," "I Can See For Miles," "Magic Bus," "Pinball Wizard," "Won’t Get Fooled Again," "Substitute," "I Can’t Explain," "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," "My Generation," "Squeeze Box," "Who Are You," "You Better You Bet," "Real Good-Looking Boy" -- and the Who's last recorded track to date "Be Lucky.”
The set includes "rarely heard B-sides and EP tracks along with the group’s first single, as the High Numbers -- 'Zoot Suit' and 'I'm The Face.’"