ROGER DALTREY PERFORMS THE WHO'S TOMMY SAT, OCT 22 - TICKETS ON-SALE FRI, MAY 20 AT 10AM
ROGER DALTREY TO PERFORM THE WHOâ€™S LEGENDARY â€œTOMMYâ€ FROM START TO FINISH
PLUS A VARIETY OF THE WHOâ€™S CLASSICS â€“ AND MORE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT 8PM
Tickets on-sale Friday, May 20 at 10am
Las Vegas, NV (May 12, 2011) â€“ Roger Daltrey will be hitting the road for a very special tour this fall as he performs The Whoâ€™s Tommy. Heâ€™ll also perform other Who classics and classic rock songs. Daltrey will play The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, October 22.
DALTREY, the iconic lead singer of The Who, will perform The Whoâ€™s legendary rock opera TOMMY in its entirety from start to finish. (The Who never actually played the complete Tommy.) Daltrey premiered the spectacular show in London at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25 and is now taking it on the road. Tickets for the AEG Live-produced tour go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 AM and a special American Express card member pre-sale begins Monday, May 16 at 10:00 AM via www.aeglive.com. In addition, a variety of VIP packages will be available including options for artist meet-and-greets, reserved seating, collectible memorabilia and more.
Employing the use of striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an unforgettable concert experience for lifelong fans and newcomers alike, who will be treated not only to the full majesty of TOMMY, but also to a variety of Who classics and more.
TOMMY is not only one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era, it is an enduring album that resonates on radio to this day where it has found multi-generational appeal. Inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album also spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name--with DALTREY playing the title role--which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.
Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee DALTREY is pulling out all the stops with a full band that will bring the rock operaâ€™s wide-ranging sounds and textures to life vibrantly on stage every evening. Joining DALTREY will be Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button (bass), Loren Gold (keyboards) and also on guitar will be SIMON TOWNSHEND, younger brother of The Whoâ€™s guitarist PETE TOWNSHEND.
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says, â€œGreat to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit. Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs.â€
Throughout this tour, songs such as â€œPinball Wizard,â€ â€œThe Acid Queen,â€ â€œIâ€™m Free,â€ â€œSee Me, Feel Meâ€ and â€œWeâ€™re Not Gonna Take Itâ€ promise to transport attendees into the world of this classic album with shuddering intensity and poetic power.
A 1989 tour by The Who saw them reprise TOMMY live. The upcoming DALTREY tour will differ in that all of the albumâ€™s songs will be played in sequence. When DALTREY and his band performed TOMMY in earlier this year--at a sell-out concert at Londonâ€™s Royal Albert Hall March 25--Londonâ€™s Independent called the show â€œa faithful reading...The stand-outs, â€˜I'm Free,â€™ and â€˜See Me, Feel Meâ€™ and the anthemic climax of â€˜We're Not Gonna Take Itâ€™ are rousing.â€ Afterwards the Who blogosphere was alight with comments from long-standing fans lucky enough to see the show. These included comments like â€œRoger nailed Tommyâ€ and â€œLast nightâ€™s concert was the best Iâ€™ve ever seen--what a great band.â€
Roger describes the show and visuals as â€œA Tommy Show for todayâ€™s audience from a different perspective.â€
â€œTOMMY, an album that tells a story about a â€˜deaf, dumb, and blind boyâ€™ who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, will always be seen as a turning point for the band,â€ says DALTREY. â€œWithin it, I found the new voice of The Who and the band found its stride in making that music, adjusting it, using all that knowledge that we had from jazz and the blues into making it work in a rock way.â€
For more information visit www.thewho.com
Tickets, starting at $56 (plus applicable service fees), will be available Friday at 10am at the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.