Rock Icon and The Who founding member, Roger Daltrey returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2009! Daltrey performs WHO hits, rarities and solo hits with WHO band members. Don't miss hits such as I Can't Explain, Baba O'Riley, Who Are You, After the Fire and more! This will be Daltrey’s first concert appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall since 2009 and like that concert tickets are expected to go quickly.
Special guest Leslie Mendelson will open the show.
Tickets range from $63.50 to $175
Roger Daltrey is probably best known as the enigmatic lead singer of the iconic British rock band, The Who. While Daltrey has appeared in various movies and television shows (including the starring role in Tommy), fans will remember him on stage at tour dates, energetically belting hit songs with long curly locks and a half-buttoned shirt. While Peter Townshend wrote The Who's infamous lyrics, it was Roger Daltrey who soulfully translated his words to audiences around the world, both through recordings and on tour dates. One of The Who's finest masterpieces was the rock opera, Tommy, which has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. While many fans have seen the film and stage production, Tommy has never been played live in its entirety; until now. Roger Daltrey is embarking on a series of tour dates in 2011 where he will play Tommy in its entirety, along with interpretations of other The Who classics.
The first group that Roger Daltrey ever joined was a skiffle group called The Detours. As other members left the band, guitarist Pete Townshend, friend and bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon soon joined. The band quickly changed their name to The Who and achieved major success with the release of "My Generation" in 1965. The Who became rock and roll icons through groundbreaking records like Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophenia. Roger Daltrey's performances contributed to countless tour dates for The Who, including performances at Woodstock and early Reading and Leeds festivals. These tour dates helped make The Who one of the most popular touring acts in the 60s and 70s, as thousands upon thousands of screaming fans would arrive to hear them play. After years of superstardom (and the death of Keith Moon), The Who amicably disbanded in 1983 after Pete Townshend left the band.
While Roger Daltrey still occasionally reunites with Pete Townshend, he has also engaged in a successful solo career, continuing to perform tour dates to this day. His first solo album, Daltrey became a success due to the songwriting talents of Leo Sayer, and his Keith Moon tribute album, Under a Raging Moon featured some of music's most talented drummers. Roger Daltrey's most popular solo album, McVicar is a soundtrack album to the move of the same name, in which Daltrey stars. The soundtrack saw the blending of Daltrey's music and film careers, both of which are still going strong.
However, with The Who only playing the occasional concert date, the world could use a little more Tommy. The album and upcoming tour dates feature the conceptual story of Tommy, a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who's pinball virtuosity transform him into a messianic figure. The stage performance of Tommy has been blessed by Pete Townshend will feature Pete's younger brother, Simon Townshend, on guitar. Roger Daltrey will perform his own live interpretation of Tommy on tour dates, complete with spectacular visuals and special effects. Tour dates will last six weeks and will include shows in the US and Canada. Tour dates for Roger Daltrey's Tommybegin on September 13 in Hollywood, Florida, and end on November 2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Fans who are desperately missing The Who can find solace in these rare performances of Tommy by Roger Daltrey.