Roger Daltrey talks about the new deluxe edition of "Tommy," which includes a "bootleg" disc of the album performed live
The Who's Roger Daltrey notes that the group's 1969 rock opera "Tommy" seems to rear its head every four or five years for some reason." But he's not complaining.
"It's always good," Daltrey tells Billboard about the ambitious saga of the world's favorite pinball-playing, messianic deaf, dumb and blind boy. "I continually hear things new in it, and I suppose as the years go by it means different things. It always felt at the time that 'This'll be different,' and as long as it was different, The Who would go for it."
"Tommy's" latest incarnation is as a four-disc Super Deluxe set coming Nov. 11. It features versions of the album digitally mastered in HD and in 5.1 Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray, a disc of 20 previously unreleased demos and outtakes, and a "bootleg" disc of "Tommy" performed live in its entirety from several 1969 shows -- Billboard premieres the "Overture" below, with a witty intro via Pete Townshend. Along with the music, the edition includes a hardback, 80-page book and a facsimile "Tommy" poster.