Roger Daltrey will hit the road for a 12-date tour across much of the United States in June and July, but this will be no ordinary tour. In an exciting move, The Who singer will perform his band’s classic rock opera Tommy in its entirety with a local orchestra during each show.
Originally released as a double album in 1969, The Who’s Tommy has since been turned into a ballet (1970), an opera (1971), an orchestral production (1972), a film (1975), and a Broadway musical (1992). This summer’s reimagining of the production will find Daltrey joined by members of The Who’s touring band as well as a number of orchestras from across the country like the Boston Pops Orchestra, Wolf Trap Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
“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 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.”
Tickets for Daltrey’s upcoming tour are now on sale.
Roger Daltrey’s Tommy Orchestral Tour
June 8: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY (w/ Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra)
June 10 & 12: The Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA (w/ Wolf Trap Orchestra)
June 15: Tanglewood Music Shed, MA (w/ Boston Pops Orchestra)
June 19: Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA (w/ Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia)
June 23 & 25: The Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL (w/ Ravinia Festival Orchestra)
June 27: The Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN (w/ Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
June 30: CMAC, Canandaigua, NY (orchestra TBA).
July 2: Fraze Pavillion, Kettering, OH (w/ Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra)
July 5: Meadow Brook Amphitheater, Rochester Hills, MI (w/ Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
July 8: Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (w/ Cleveland Orchestra)