Friday, May 13, 2011

The Who: Roger Daltrey bringing Tommy to North America

The Who’s Roger Daltrey is bringing the band’s 1969 rock opera, “Tommy,” to North America this fall for a 6-week tour.

The trip marks the first time "Tommy" will be performed in its entirety in North America since the Who's reunion tour of 1989 (The Who never actually played the complete rock opera.)

“Tommy” is one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era; 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.

Daltrey premiered his new “Tommy” show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 24th and is now taking it on the road – first, across the UK in July, and then overseas in the fall.

Joining Roger 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 Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend.

The trip has Pete’s blessing. "Great to see Roger performing Tommy with his band in 2011,” said the guitar icon. “I will be there in spirit and 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."

The tour launches September 13 in Hollywood, FL and concludes November 2 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 19 (Canada performances) and Friday, May 20 at 10AM (U.S.) and a special American Express card member pre-sale begins Monday, May 16 at 10AM via (ending May 18 in Canada and May 19 in the U.S.). In addition, a variety of VIP packages will be available including options for artist meet-and-greets, reserved seating, collectible memorabilia and more.

Roger Daltrey
2011 North American tour

Sep 13 - Hollywood, Fla. (Seminole Hard Rock)
Sep 15 - Alpharetta, Ga. (Verizon Wireless Pavilion)
Sep 17 - Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)
Sep 18 - Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
Sep 21 - Philadelphia, Pa. (MANN Center)
Sep 23 - Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Sep 24 - Hartford, Conn. (XL Center)
Sep 27 - Montreal, Quebec (Place Des Arts)
Sep 28 - Ottawa, Ont. (Scotiabank Place)
Sep 30 - Toronto, Ont. (Sony Centre For The Performing Arts)
Oct 01 - Windsor, Ont. (The Coliseum at Caesars Windsor)
Oct 05 - Minneapolis, Minn. (U.S. Bank Theater at Target Center)
Oct 07 - Hammond, Ind. (Venue at Horseshoe Casino)
Oct 08 - St. Louis, Mo. (Peabody Opera House)
Oct 11 - Cedar Park, Tex. (Cedar Park Center)
Oct 12 - Grand Prairie, Tex. (Verizon Theatre)
Oct 14 - Kansas City, Mo. (The Midland by AMC)
Oct 16 - Broomfield, Colo. (1STBANK Center)
Oct 19 - Los Angeles, Calif. (NOKIA Theatre)
Oct 21 - San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Civic)
Oct 22 - Las Vegas, Nev. (The Joint)
Oct 24 - Portland, Oreg. (Rose Quarter-Theatre of the Clouds)
Oct 25 - Seattle, Wash. (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
Oct 27 - Vancouver, B.C. (Rogers Arena)
Oct 29 - Edmonton, Alb. (Rexall Place)
Oct 30 - Calgary, Alb. (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Nov 01 - Saskatoon, Sask. (Credit Union Centre)
Nov 02 - Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)

The Who The Who

Roger Daltrey – Pinball Wizard

Teenage Cancer Trust
Royal Albert Hall – London, UK – March 24, 2011

Roger Daltrey – Young Man Blues
Teenage Cancer Trust
Royal Albert Hall – London, UK – March 24, 2011

See also:

VIDEO: Foo Fighters & Roger Daltrey rock NME Awards
Roger Daltrey to perform The Who’s “Tommy” at Teenage Cancer Trust
Super Bowl Flashback: The Who (2010)
VIDEO: The Who headline Killing Cancer benefit
The Who: Roger Daltrey reveals cancer scare
The Who: Roger Daltrey rocks New Year’s Eve
The Who: new video inspired by Live At Leeds rerelease