2019 is a big year for The Who — the legendary rock band will head out on a special 29-city North American tour backed by a symphony orchestra. But it’s also a big year for another reason, as vocalist Roger Daltrey celebrates his 75th birthday today.
75 is quite an important birthday indeed, so here’s an extension of sincere happy birthday greetings to one of the finest singers rock and roll has ever seen.
— The Who (@TheWho) March 1, 2019
In June 2018, Rock Cellar was fortunate enough to speak with Daltrey about his latest solo album, As Long As I Have You, and he revealed a bit about his perspective on the Who’s classic record Tommy:
The years previous, the original material I was singing was a person who had a lost identity searching for home. Tommy brought me home.
I’d been the deaf, dumb and blind kid, and that music took me home. All of a sudden I knew exactly what I was doing. I knew exactly who I was. I didn’t fear anything. Again, it was all about, I’m over that hurdle of the previous four years. My singing style changed because of the type of material I was singing. It was no more mimicking; it was a real British thing. It was its own thing. I didn’t think about doing it. It’s just how it happened.
Be sure to help celebrate the big year on the road with the Who this summer and fall. The schedule of dates:
May 7 / Van Andel Arena / Grand Rapids, MI
May 9 / KeyBank Center / Buffalo, NY
May 11 / Jiffy Lube Live / Bristow, VA
May 13 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY
May 16 / Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN
May 18 / Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center / Noblesville, IN
May 21 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre / Chicago, IL
May 23 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis / Maryland Heights, MO
May 25 / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia, PA
May 28 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI
May 30 / PPG Paints Arena / Pittsburgh, PA
June 1 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON
Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN
Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI
Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA
Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY
Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA
Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL
Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX
Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX
Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO
Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, C