Daltrey and his band will perform 28 "Tommy" shows beginning Sept. 13 in Hollywood, Fla., and playing a mix of arenas, theaters and casinos through Nov. 2 in Winnipeg. The venture has the blessing of "Tommy" composer and Who guitarist Pete Townshend, who issued a statement saying that it's "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."
The tour marks the first time "Tommy" will be performed in its entirety in North America since the Who's reunion tour of 1989. Daltrey calls his production -- unveiled during a Teenage Cancer Trust benefit March 25 at London's Royal Albert Hall -- "a 'Tommy' show for today's audience from a different perspective," and Townshend gives a thumbs-up to that approach, too, saluting it as a "faithful presentation of the original work as a backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old songs."
Daltrey tells Billboard.com that his solo group -- which includes Townshend's younger brother, Simon, on guitar, along with lead guitarist Frank Simes, bassist Jon Button, keyboardist Loren Gold and drummer Scott Deavours -- is "a nice way to do something that isn't quite so much pressure as" the Who. On his own, Daltrey says, "I'm more interested in the theatrical side of it. It has to be a show, not just playing music -- otherwise you might as well put a record on. And the two shows we've got are 'Tommy' and 'Quadrophenia.' "
Daltrey says his solo touring also allows him to keep his pipes warm while Townshend works on material that may or may not be for the Who -- including the musical "Floss." "If he ever does write anything significant or anything he needs me to sing, I've got the voice to do it," Daltrey explains. "I've dedicated my life to being the voice of his music. I"m happy with that position. I feel I've done a good job for him."
Tickets for Daltrey's North American shows will go on sale May 19 and 20. The U.K. leg of "Tommy" kicks off July 3 in Alcester, England.
The Roger Daltrey "Tommy" North American tour itinerary includes:
Sept. 13: Hollywood, Fla. (Seminole Hard Rock)
Sept. 15: Alpharetta, Ga. (Verizon Wireless Pavilion)
Sept. 17: Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)
Sept. 18: Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
Sept. 21: Philadelphia, Pa. (MANN Center)
Sept. 23: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Sept. 24: Hartford, Conn. (XL Center)
Sept. 27: Montreal, Quebec (Place Des Arts)
Sept. 28: Ottawa, Ont. (Scotiabank Place)
Sept. 30: Toronto, Ont. (Sony Centre For The Performing Arts)
Oct. 1: Windsor, Ont. (The Coliseum at Caesars Windsor)
Oct. 5: Minneapolis, Minn. (U.S. Bank Theater at Target Center)
Oct. 7: Hammond, Ind. (Venue at Horseshoe Casino)
Oct. 8: St. Louis, Mo. (Peabody Opera House)
Oct. 11: Cedar Park, Tex. (Cedar Park Center)
Oct. 12: Grand Prairie, Tex. (Verizon Theatre)
Oct. 14: Kansas City, Mo. (The Midland by AMC)
Oct. 16: Broomfield, Colo. (1STBANK Center)
Oct. 19: Los Angeles, Calif. (NOKIA Theatre)
Oct. 21: San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Civic)
Oct. 22: Las Vegas, Nev. (The Joint)
Oct. 24: Portland, Oreg. (Rose Quarter-Theatre of the Clouds)
Oct. 25: Seattle, Wash. (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
Oct. 27: Vancouver, B.C. (Rogers Arena)
Oct. 29: Edmonton, Alb. (Rexall Place)
Oct. 30: Calgary, Alb. (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Nov. 1: Saskatoon, Sask. (Credit Union Centre)
Nov. 2: Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)