Roger Daltrey

Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA

Roger Daltrey Performs The Who’s Tommy
Mann Center 
Philadelphia, PA,  June 19, 2018
Article By Dennis Morgillo​
Photos By Rebecca Wolf
    
It was a warm summer night, and a slight breeze blew over the packed Mann Center. The crowd was abuzz waiting for the Who frontman Roger Daltrey to take the stage. It was a perfect night for a concert. 

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia were in place, then the Who band members strolled on (guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devour). The crowd went berserk when the man, Roger Daltrey showed up. "Tommy" was taking life. 

I first became obsessed with “Tommy” in 1975, after seeing the crazy, excessive Ken Russell movie. As a 9 year old at the time, I loved everything about the movie; the music, The Who, Elton John, Tina Turner, Ann Margaret, and of course Roger Daltrey. I was born a music fan, growing up with 4 older siblings, and I delved into the family record collection and found the original “Tommy” album by The Who. I was hooked. I wore that vinyl out. The Who became one of my favorite bands, and I have seen them live many times over the years, but I never got to see them perform “Tommy”. I often dreamed of what it must have been like to see “Tommy” at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1969. 

Well tonight I finally got to see “Tommy” live, in it’s entirety. It was an amazing journey. A spectacle. An amazing band, a full orchestra and the ‘“Voice”! Daltrey looked great, and sounded better, the band was tight, and the orchestra brought the music to life. Every song performed with precision and perfection. I laughed, I cried. To me, “Tommy” is as important as anything from Mozart or Beethoven. The world’s first rock opera, about a deaf, dumb and blind kid, sounds new and fresh. Every song is better than the next, and I had chills the entire night. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this show. "Sparks", "Pinball Wizard", "I'm Free", "Cousin Kevin", "Uncle Ernie", "We're Not Gonna Take It". This was a memorable night. 

After ‘Tommy’ was complete, Daltrey & Co. returned to the stage for a three-song encore that included “Who Are You” and an amazing version of “Baba O’Riley”. The lovely and talented Katie Jacoby contributed a note for note, perfect violin solo on “Baba”. The crowd was on it’s feet. Chills all around. Daltrey closed the show with some charming banter and crowd interaction before performing “Always Heading Home” a beautiful song from Daltrey’s recently released solo album “As Long As I Have You”. 

“Tommy” is one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and there will never be a new album released that will match it. That aside, “As Long As I Have You” is a great album. Daltrey is still bringing it in 2018. The songs are beautiful, rocking, soulful and from the heart. This man is a legend. Buy his album. See his concerts
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