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Roger Daltrey Excited to Work with Pete Townshend’s Brother on Solo ‘Tommy’ Tour

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Roger Daltrey says that his upcoming solo ‘Tommy’ tour will also feature him performing ’60s classics from the Who, with the help of Pete Townshend’s brother Simon. Daltrey adds that these will include tracks the band has been unable to play ever since former bass player John Entwistle “lost his angel-quality voice” back in the ’70s.

He goes on to tell Rolling Stone, “Even in those other [later] incarnations of the Who — which were really more Pete’s design than mine — we’ve never had the backing vocals particularly like the sound of the Who.” Daltrey apparently has corrected that with his own band, which will arrive with him to kick off the North American leg of the tour on Sept. 13 in Hollywood, Fla.

In addition to performing his own version of ‘Tommy’ in its entirety, complete with newly-commissioned backing visuals, Daltrey will be digging out rarities such as ‘Goin’ Mobile’ and ‘Blue Red & Grey.’ Simon, who has performed with the Who for more than 15 years now alongside his brother, has been chosen as bandleader.

“I’ve always wanted him in every band that I’ve ever had,” Daltrey said of Simon. “It’s just the quality of his voice that’s achieved when it blends with mine. There’s really something special going on there.”

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