Roger Daltrey, the legendary lead singer and founding member of The Who, performs the band’s famous rock opera Tommy in full on two dates at Wolf Trap — Sunday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 12! A handful of seats remain for each performance.
Tommy (featuring favorites like “Pinball Wizard” and “Sparks”) is one of the most acclaimed works of the rock era. Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album spawned a successful film of the same name, with Roger in the title role.
Watch The Who perform “Pinball Wizard” live at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 2, 2017, via YouTube:
Meanwhile, Roger also released his ninth solo album, As Long As I Have You, on June 1 via Polydor Records/Universal Music.
Said Roger of the new album (which you can include in a ticket bundle with your purchase), “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That’s what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in.
“I’ve always sung from the heart but when you’re 19, you haven’t had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that’s soul. For a long time, I’ve wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won’t have heard before. It felt like the right time. It’s where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment,” he added.
The new album is a mixture of self-penned tracks such as “Certified Rose” and the soulful ballad “Always Heading Home,” along with songs that have inspired Roger Daltrey over the years including Nick Cave’s “Into My Arms,” “You Haven’t Done Nothing” by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills’ “How Far,” and the title track originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964.