“Pete Townshend’s rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band,” singer says of trek.
(January 29, 2018) Rolling Stone Magazine By Daniel Kreps
Roger Daltrey will perform the Who’s Tommy in its entirety on a 10-city summer tour, with the singer teaming with a local orchestra to play the classic 1969 album at each stop.
“I’m really looking forward to singing Tommy, not only with my great backing group, but also some of the finest orchestras in the country,” Daltrey said of the tour in a statement. “Pete Townshend’s rock music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. With the arrangements written by David Campbell, it should make a memorable night of entertainment for all those who love the arts.”
The month-long, 10-city trek begins June 8th in Bethel, New York, where Daltrey will perform alongside the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. At each stop along the way, Daltrey and his band – guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devour – will perform alongside a renowned local orchestra, including the Boston Pops Orchestra in Lenox, Massachusetts on June 15th and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on July 5th.
In 2017, Pete Townshend staged his own orchestral tour with “Classic Quadrophenia.” Daltrey, sans orchestra, previously performed Tommy in its entirety on a solo tour in 2011. In addition to the upcoming Tommy tour, 2018 will also see the release of Daltrey’s long-in-the-works autobiography and the singer’s first solo album in 26 years.
June 8 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts / Hudson Valley Philharmonic
June 10 & 12 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap / Wolf Trap Orchestra
June 15 – Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood / Boston Pops Orchestra
June 17 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium / The New York Pops
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts / Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
June 23 & 25 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia / Ravinia Festival Orchestra
June 27 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater / Nashville Symphony Orchestra
June 30 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC / TBA Orchestra
July 2 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
July 5 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook Amphitheatre / Detroit Symphony Orchestra
July 8 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center / The Cleveland Orchestra