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OUT TODAY: Roger Daltrey’s symphonic ‘Tommy’ live set

Musician Roger Daltrey performs during the 2018 We Are Family Foundation Celebration Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 27, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage via Getty Images)
Musician Roger Daltrey performs during the 2018 We Are Family Foundation Celebration Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage via Getty Images)

Out today (June 14th) is Roger Daltrey‘s live album, The Who‘s Tommy Orchestral. The new set was recorded last year in Budapest and Bethel in upstate New York — the scene of the first Woodstock festival 50 years ago, where the Who performed Tommy in its entirety.

In the press release for the album, Daltrey said, “Pete (Townshend)‘s music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. Tommy can mean whatever you want it to mean, I use the characters in it as metaphors for parts of the human condition, so it’s a kind of a story of the human spirit. Even though it is 50 years on, I approach it as though I’m singing it for the first time.”

During an online chat with fans this week, Roger Daltrey spoke about the Who’s upcoming studio set coming this fall, declaring, “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia. Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter and he’s still got that cutting edge, man.”

No release date for the still-untitled set has been announced.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • The Who’s Tommy Orchestral is Roger Daltrey‘s second solo live album. His first was 1994’s A Celebration: The Music Of Pete Townshend And The Who.
  • The album, which was recorded on February 23rd and 24th, 1994 at New York’s Carnegie Hall, raised money for Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital and featured Michael Kamen directing The Juilliard Orchestra.
  • Among the guests performing at the concerts were the Who‘s Pete Townshend and John Entwistle — along with Eddie VedderSinéad O’ConnorLou ReedDavid Sanborn, Alice CooperLinda Perry, the Chieftains, and others.

FAST FACTS

  • The Who‘s original album Tommy was released in May 1969 and peaked at Number Four on the album charts.
  • Ken Russell directed the 1975 film version of Tommy, which included a new score by Pete Townshend and starred Roger DaltreyAnn-Margret, and Oliver Reed. The film also featured appearances by Jack Nicholson, Tina TurnerEric Clapton, and Elton John.
  • The Broadway version of The Who’s Tommy ran for over two years on Broadway and won the Tony for Des McAnuff‘s direction and Townshend’s score, which tied with the score for Kiss Of The Spider Woman.
  • The Who performed Tommy in full throughout 1969 and 1970. In response to the hit movie version, in 1975 and 1976, the Who reprised major portions of the album during their shows, and in 1989 performed most of it nightly on their 25th Anniversary reunion tour.
  • On the band’s current tour, they play an extended Tommy set, including “Overture,” “It’s A Boy,” “1921,” “Amazing Journey,” “Sparks,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It / See Me, Feel Me.”

CHECK IT OUT: Roger Daltrey performing “Pinball Wizard” from 2019’s The Who’s Tommy Orchestral:

CHECK IT OUT: Roger Daltrey on June 19th, 2018 performing “We’re Not Gonna Take It / See Me Feel Me” live in Philly: