The Who is out on the Moving On! tour, finding Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and the band accompanied by a full orchestra. There will be two North American legs for the tour, one of which began this week. The second leg is coming in the fall.
Additionally, there is also an accompanying live album from Daltrey, which was announced on Thursday and will be out on June 14. The Who’s Tommy Orchestral is exactly what its title suggests, and was previewed with a rendition of “Pinball Wizard”:
Daltrey and his backing band toured the U.S. in 2018 with this Tommy orchestral show, an experience the vocalist called ‘magical,’ per the official press release.
The album, which was recorded in Budapest and Bethel in upstate New York, the scene of the first Woodstock festival 50 years ago, was produced by Roger and Keith Levenson and features the core band of Simon Townshend – vocals & guitar, Frank Simes – guitar, Scott Devours – drums, Jon Button – bass, and Loren Gold – keyboards, all of whom have played with The Who live. Keith Levenson conducted The Budapest Scoring Orchestra from new orchestrations by David Campbell.
By his own admission, Daltrey holds Tommy in especially high regard in his catalog of music. As he told Rock Cellar’s Ken Sharp in 2018:
The years previous, the original material I was singing was a person who had a lost identity searching for home. Tommy brought me home.
May 7 / Van Andel Arena / Grand Rapids, MI SPECIAL GUEST: Dirty Honey
May 9 / KeyBank Center / Buffalo, NY SPECIAL GUEST: Arkells
May 11 / Jiffy Lube Live / Bristow, VA SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Wolf
May 13 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY SPECIAL GUEST: Leslie Mendelson
May 16 / Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN SPECIAL GUEST: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
May 18 / Ruoff Home Mortage Music Center / Noblesville, IN SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
May 21 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre / Chicago, IL SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
May 23 / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis / Maryland Heights, MO SPECIAL GUEST: The HillBenders
May 25 / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia, PA SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Wolf
May 28 / Little Caesars Arena / Detroit, MI SPECIAL GUEST: Arkells
May 30 / PPG Paints Arena / Pittsburgh, PA SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
June 1 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON SPECIAL GUEST: MOON VS SUN (Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk)
The Fall 2019 portion of the tour starts in early September, and special guest support acts will be announced at a later date.
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, CA
Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University / San Diego, CA
Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners / Seattle, WA
Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC
Oct 23 / Rogers Place / Edmonton, AB