2019 release. Official live 2018 record of Roger and his band performing ‘Tommy’. Also available on CD.
In the of Summer 2018, Roger Daltrey and his band toured the USA 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”. 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 Roger and Keith Levenson (who worked on the touring version of the Tommy Musical) and features the core band of Simon Townshend – Vocals / Guitar, Frank Simes – Guitar, Scott Devours – Drums, Jon Button – Bass, and Loren Gold – 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 [Townshend] music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band,” Daltrey said. “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.”