Rock on! Roger Daltrey to tour Tommy in UK concert halls and outdoors in July 2011
Posted: 27th April 2011
Roger Daltrey will bring rock opera "Tommy" to venues across the UK this July at a variety of covered and outdoor venues.
The Who legend premiered the show this year at his Teenage Cancer Trust (for which he is a patron) gig in the Royal Albert Hall in March, with a warm-up show in Bournemouth a few days before. The show will be accompanied by visuals and fans are promised an unforgettable experience. Tommy - which features the classics: 'Pinball Wizard', 'The Acid Queen', 'I'm Free' - was never played in its entirety by the Who. Fans will be treated to other classics from the Who's back-catalogue, as well.
Who guitarist Pete Townshend will not be present, but has given the tour his blessing, adding that "I will be there in spirit and Roger has my complete and most loving support".
The tour starts in Ragley Hall in Warwickshire on 3rd July, with dates in Gateshead, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Newport, Bristol, London (at the IndigO2) and more. Included in the tour is a date at Guildford's Guilfest 2011 and the tail-end of the tour includes several special outdoor events at Broadlands, Ripley Castle, Blickling Hall and finally Powederham Castle in Exeter on 24th July.
Tickets for the outdoor part of the tour go on sale this Friday (29th April) at 9am starting at £35, with tickets for the indoor venues going on sale the following Friday (6th May) - also at 9am and starting at £45. Tickets for GuilFest are on sale now, costing £44 for Friday tickets for adults (£120 for the weekend with camping).
Update - Daltrey forced to cancel 3 shows, but announces 3 replacement shows
Times are hard, not least for some promoters and venues - even Roger Daltrey can't sell tickets in certain parts of the country. His promoter has pulled the plug on three shows, including Alcester (3rd July), Harrogate (17th) and Exeter (24th), and has advised fans to obtain refunds from where the tickets were purchased.
On the plus-side, three new 'Tommy' shows have been announced for the same dates. Roger and band will now play Wolverhampton in place of Alcester (3rd), Sheffield in place of Harrogate (17th) and a second night at the IndigO2 on the 24th (instead of Powderham Castle). Other concerts are not affected.