THE WHO’S LEGENDARY “TOMMY”
FROM START TO FINISH
PLUS A VARIETY OF
THE WHO’S CLASSICS – AND MORE
Tickets on-sale Friday, May 20 at 10am
Roger Daltrey will be hitting the road for a very special tour this fall as he performs The Who’s Tommy. He’ll also perform other Who classics and classic rock songs. Daltrey will play The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, October 22.
DALTREY, the iconic lead singer of The Who, will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera TOMMY in its entirety from start to finish. (The Who never actually played the complete Tommy.) Daltrey premiered the spectacular show in London at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25 and is now taking it on the road. Tickets for the AEG Live-produced tour go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 AM and a special American Express card member pre-sale begins Monday, May 16 at 10:00 AM via www.aeglive.com. In addition, a variety of VIP packages will be available including options for artist meet-and-greets, reserved seating, collectible memorabilia and more.
Employing the use of striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an unforgettable concert experience for lifelong fans and newcomers alike, who will be treated not only to the full majesty of TOMMY, but also to a variety of Who classics and more.
TOMMY is not only one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era, it is an enduring album that resonates on radio to this day where it has found multi-generational appeal. Inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album also spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name–with DALTREY playing the title role–which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.
Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee DALTREY is pulling out all the stops with a full band that will bring the rock opera’s wide-ranging sounds and textures to life vibrantly on stage every evening. Joining DALTREY will be Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button (bass), Loren Gold (keyboards) and also on guitar will be SIMON TOWNSHEND, younger brother of The Who’s guitarist PETE TOWNSHEND.
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says, “Great to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit. Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs.”
Throughout this tour, songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” promise to transport attendees into the world of this classic album with shuddering intensity and poetic power.
A 1989 tour by The Who saw them reprise TOMMY live. The upcoming DALTREY tour will differ in that all of the album’s songs will be played in sequence. When DALTREY and his band performed TOMMY in earlier this year–at a sell-out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall March 25–London’s Independent called the show “a faithful reading…The stand-outs, ‘I’m Free,’ and ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and the anthemic climax of ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ are rousing.” Afterwards the Who blogosphere was alight with comments from long-standing fans lucky enough to see the show. These included comments like “Roger nailed Tommy” and “Last night’s concert was the best I’ve ever seen–what a great band.”
Roger describes the show and visuals as “A Tommy Show for today’s audience from a different perspective.”
“TOMMY, an album that tells a story about a ‘deaf, dumb, and blind boy’ who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, will always be seen as a turning point for the band,” says DALTREY. “Within it, I found the new voice of The Who and the band found its stride in making that music, adjusting it, using all that knowledge that we had from jazz and the blues into making it work in a rock way.”
For more information visit www.thewho.com
Tickets, starting at $56 (plus applicable service fees), will be available Friday at 10am at the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.
About The Joint
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a 4,000-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled destination. The Joint features seven Luxury Suites, a VIP Studio Level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort. It has received numerous accolades including “Best Concert Venue” in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards in 2010 and 2011, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the 2010 Pollstar Awards, and “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best 2010 awards. The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with an ongoing roster of legendary artists taking its stage including the first rock ‘n’ roll residency in Las Vegas with Carlos Santana’s Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Arcade Fire, Motley Crüe, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Paramore, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue is also home to Tiësto In Concert, a groundbreaking live show created exclusively for The Joint featuring the world’s No. 1 electronic DJ and producer Tiësto. For additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625). HardRockHotel.com / TheJointLasVegas.com. Keep up with the latest updates on The Joint via Facebook and Twitter.
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Wisin & Yandel, Kenny Chesney, P!nk and Paul McCartney. The company is also currently producing residency shows in Las Vegas including Celine Dion and Rod Stewart at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Barry Manilow at Paris Las Vegas. Our exhibition portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, which has attracted more than 7 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. http://www.aeglive.com/