Roger Daltrey announces 50th anniversary reimagining of The Who’s Tommy

In the summer of 2018, Roger Daltrey and his band performed a couple of shows where they played The Who‘s iconic album, ‘Tommy‘ with the help of a symphony orchestra.  Those shows blew everyone away and even Daltrey described the shows as ‘magical.’ In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Tommy, Daltrey along with composer and arranger David Campbell for a ‘the Who’s Tommy Orchestral’ for a re-imagining of the classic album.  Joining Daltrey on tour are band members: singer-guitarist Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, drummer Scott Devours, bassist Jon Button, and keyboardist Loren Gold.

“Pete [Townshend]’s music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band,” explains Daltrey in a press release. “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.”

The new orchestral rendition of Tommy will be released on June 14th.  Give a listen to the new version of ‘Pinball Wizard’ below:

In additional to the new orchestral album, fans of The Who can look forward to a new album from the band.  Daltrey and Townshend both said the album is full of “dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and cliched Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang.”

Continuing on all things The Who, the band will be going on a lengthy tour this year dubbed the ‘Moving On! Tour.’ The tour has the band stopping in 29 cities across North America with an orchestra as back up.

The Who’s Tommy Orchestral Track list:
01. Overture
02. It’s A Boy
03. 1921
04. Amazing Journey
05. Sparks
06. Eyesight To The Blind
07. Christmas
08. Cousin Kevin
09. The Acid Queen
10. Do You Think It’s Alright
11. Fiddle About
12. Pinball Wizard
13. There’s A Doctor
14. Go To The Mirror
15. Tommy, Can You Hear
16. Smash The Mirror
17. Refrain – It’s A Boy
18. I’m Free
19. Miracle Cure
20. Sensation
21. Sally Simpson
22. Welcome
23. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
24. We’re Not Gonna Take It

See below for all upcoming The Who shows and ticket information:

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