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ROGER DALTREY, the iconic lead singer of The Who, will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera TOMMY from start to finish. (The Who never actually played the complete TOMMY.) Daltrey premiered the show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25th and is now taking it on the road.

Employing striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an unforgettable 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 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 spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name, with DALTREY playing the title role, which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.

DALTREY is pulling out all the stops with a full backing band that will bring the rock opera’s wide-ranging sounds and textures vibrantly to life. Joining him 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.

Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says “Great to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. 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.”

Throughout this tour, songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” 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 album’s songs will be played. When DALTREY and his band performed TOMMY in March 2011 at a sell out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Independent called the show “a faithful reading… The stand-outs, ‘I’m Free’, ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and the anthemic climax of ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ are rousing.” Afterwards, the Who blogosphere was alight with comments from long standing fans lucky enough to see the show. These included comments like “Roger nailed Tommy” and “Last night’s concert was the best I’ve ever seen – what a great band!”

Roger describes the show and visuals as “A Tommy Show for today’s audience from a different perspective.”

“TOMMY, an album that tells a story about a “deaf, dumb, and blind boy” who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, will always be seen as a turning point for the band,” adds DALTREY. “Within 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.”

The much-anticipated three-week tour launches on July 3rd at RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER and concludes on July 24th at POWDERHAM CASTLE, EXETER.



Ticket sales commence Friday, April 29th. Keep an eye on for details on ticket sales plus Fan Club Pre-Sales and special packages.


April 28, 2011 Posted by | New News, The Who | , , | Leave a comment

Peter Hook Sheds Light On Joy Division


Peter Hook has a new EP 1102 / 2011 coming on May 9 on his label Hacienda Records; it will feature the previously unrecorded Joy Division track Pictures In My Mind (sung by Hook) plus new versions of the Joy Division tracks Atmosphere, Insight and New Dawn Fades – sung by ex-Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta.

So Hooky – Rowetta singing Atmosphere?
Peter Hook: “I don’t think I really have to justify that. The reason for it was that everybody who loves Rowetta has been asking us to record her. I was reluctant to do it, ‘cos all I’m doing is giving the miserable f**kers more ammunition to have a f**king go at me. The thing that swung me, is that I think Rowetta does give something different to the songs. Rowetta sings them so well, and brings a different feel and a different kind of melancholy, and I think if people want to hear it, let them hear it. I’m happy to do that for Rowetta because I f**king love her. She works so hard and she’s so nice about what she does – she’s so unlike the way that most people act in this business. I wouldn’t have the ego to record myself singing those songs.”

What about the new track, Pictures?
“Pictures is different, Pictures is a lost track, never finished. Someone brought it to my attention. The tape was stolen off Rob Gretton. So when I heard it I thought, we should just finish that. My son Jack insisted we do it. He said, ‘I thought you said that Ian Curtis said you should finish all your tracks?’ ‘Cos Ian always said, ‘finish them all, even if you don’t like it, because somebody will love it.'”

What’s it like revisiting Closer?
“I must admit that has been a bit of a shocker. We were playing it the other day, and my god, that felt weird. So much weirder than Unknown Pleasures. But the songs sound wonderful. I was blown away, listening to The Eternal, Heart and Soul, Decades… Jesus. I have grown men crying. I was almost f**king crying. Ha ha! Very, very moving.”

Will you tour it?
“It sounds quite trite, taking it out as a tour. I’m 55 right, my touring days are pretty much over, what happens is that I still love what I’m doing and if someone asks me to play somewhere, you consider it and you do it. I’m not selling anything, the LPs have been out for 30 years. And that’s a great compliment, to be asked. Especially as I’m not with the others. If it was all three of us, with Gillian singing or summat, I could see why they’d want it.”

Could that have happened?
“I was thinking about the other day, if I went to the band, as they were before we split up, and said, ‘Hey lads, how about us doing an Unknown Pleasures gig?’ I know for a fact that Bernard would just have laughed. You can’t make people do what you want them to do. There’s only one person you’ve got control over and that’s your bloody self.”

He will also be playing Joy Division‘s album Closer with his new band The Light on May 18 – the anniversary of Ian Curtis‘ death – and 19, at his club The Factory. These shows are presented in association with mental health charity Mind and The Keith Bennett Appeal, and will be recorded for vinyl-only release later in the year. The Light continue their tour of Joy Division‘s Unknown Pleasures in Britain, Europe and Ireland this month until June.

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