On Friday night Roger Daltrey kicked off an 18-date summer solo run. The Who frontman is presenting a symphonic take on the band’s seminal 1969 double-album Tommy playing it in its entirety backed by a local orchestra at each stop. Last night the 74-year-old vocalist was in upstate New York at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts where he teamed up with conductor Keith Levenson and Hudson Valley Philharmonic for the tour’s inaugural show.
While the orchestra will change from stop to stop Daltrey’s touring band will remain consistent and features guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devour as well as a face familiar to the jamband scene violinist and longtime Joe Russo’s Almost Dead collaborator Katie Jacoby. The ensemble’s 24-song main set, which took place on the site of the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair where The Who also performed most of the rock opera back in 1969, saw a complete rendering of the album highlighted by takes on “Sparks,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Acid Queen,” “I’m Free” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
Daltrey & Co. then returned to the stage for a three-song encore. First up was “Who Are You” the title-track from The Who’s 1978 release and their final album with original drummer Keith Moon. Next came an extended take on “Baba O’Riley.” The tune from Who’s Next featured a fantastic violin solo from Jacoby. The night came to a close with “Always Heading Home” a song from Daltery’s recently released solo album As Long As I Have You.
Watch fan-shot video and check out the full setlist below:
Roger Daltrey at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
- It's a Boy
- Amazing Journey
- Eyesight to the Blind
- Cousin Kevin
- The Acid Queen
- Do You Think It's Alright?
- Fiddle About
- Pinball Wizard
- There's a Doctor
- Go to the Mirror!
- Tommy Can You Hear Me?
- Smash the Mirror
- I'm Free
- Miracle Cure
- Sally Simpson
- Tommy's Holiday Camp
- We're Not Gonna Take It
- See Me, Feel Me
- Who Are You
- Baba O'Riley
- Always Heading Home
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