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Roger Daltrey announces ‘The Who’s Tommy Orchestral’ | The Music Universe

Roger Daltrey announces ‘The Who’s Tommy Orchestral’ | The Music Universe

Roger Daltrey announces ‘The Who’s Tommy Orchestral’ | The Music Universe
May 11
12:25 2019
Vinyl, CD and digital release on June 14th via Polydor/UMe In the of Summer 2018, Roger Daltrey and his band toured the U.S.A. performing The Who’s classic album Tommy with some of the finest symphony orchestras that America has to offer, an experience that Daltrey described as ‘magical.’ Daltrey will release The Who’s Tommy Orchestral on CD, vinyl and digital on June 14th via Polydor/UMe. Featuring a bold new orchestration by the renowned composer and arranger David Campbell (who has worked with Adele, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Carole King and his son Beck to name a few) this incarnation of Tommy celebrates the 50th anniversary of the album’s first release. The album, which was recorded in Budapest and Bethel in upstate New York, the scene of the first Woodstock festival 50 years ago, was produced by Daltrey and Keith Levenson (who worked on the touring version of the Tommy Musical) and features the core band of Simon Townshend on vocals/guitar, Frank Simes on guitar, Scott Devours on drums, Jon Button on bass, and Loren Gold on keyboards, all of whom have played with The Who live. Keith Levenson conducted The Budapest Scoring Orchestra from new orchestrations by David Campbell. “Pete’s music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band,” Daltrey states about Tommy’s enduring appeal after 50 years and why it sounds better with an orchestra. “Tommy can mean whatever you want it to mean, I use the characters in it as metaphors for parts of the human condition, so it’s a kind of a story of the human spirit. Even though it is 50 years on, I approach it as though I’m singing it for the first time.” Since it was first debuted at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho London in early May 1969, Tommy has had many different live outings; it was performed in full at the Woodstock and Isle Of Wight Festivals in 1969, it was the basis for a ballet in Canada in 1970, it was a full-blown opera in Seattle in 1971, in 1972 it was recorded as an orchestral piece by the London Symphony Orchestra featuring Stevie Winwood, Rod Stewart, Richie Havens, Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, there was the infamous 1975 movie directed by Ken Russell starring Elton John, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Ann-Margaret, Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson and Roger Daltrey. After that, the band didn’t perform it again until 1989 in Los Angeles when guests such as Phil Collins, Billy Idol, Elton John & Patti Labelle were part of the show. In 1993, the musical version opened on Broadway and won five Tony awards before transferring to The West End where it went on to win three Olivier awards. The band played it in full, for what they have said is the last time for the Teen Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall in 2017 but will be performing parts of their classic rock opera on their 2019 North American tour, The Who: Moving On!, utilizing up to 50 local musicians from the greatest symphonies across the country at every show starting with May 7th in Grand Rapids, MN. One dollar from each ticket sold online for the tour will benefit Teen Cancer America. After successfully establishing the Teen Cancer Trust in London, Daltrey and Townshend launched Teen Cancer America in 2012. The charity has devoted Teen Cancer units being opened in hospitals across the U.S. TCA’s work has impacted more than 5,000 young people and their families nationwide during the last six years.
CD | LP
Overture It’s A Boy
1921
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Eyesight To The Blind
Christmas
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
Smash The Mirror
Refrain – It’s A Boy
I’m Free
Miracle Cure
Sensation
Sally Simpson
Welcome Tommy’s Holiday Camp

We’re Not Gonna Take It

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