Roger Daltrey with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood – Lenox, MA

Photos and Review by Ilya Mirman

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What do you do when you miss the chance to see The Who in junior high school?  In my case the answer is: wait three decades for Roger Daltrey and other members of The Who to team up with the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform the Tommy rock opera – a rendition as stellar as it was unique.

Daltrey and The Who – arguably one of the most influential rock bands ever – are legends for a reason, and this was on full display that night.  Daltrey is a masterful frontman – sounding amazing all these decades later, with a commanding presence, energy and his signature move of wildly swinging the mic by the cord. 

The Who was the first rock music I was introduced to (summer camp in 1983).  Tommy was the first album stuck in my head, and so it was surreal to hear it live, and a real treat to photograph the set.  The environment (Tanglewood) and “backing band” (BSO) made it all the more special. 

Seeing members of The Who (sans Pete Townsend), in great form, sounding great and clearly enjoying themselves, lifted us all.  Daltrey was grateful and gracious, giving it 110% throughout the 27-song set.  Though much of the set was from Tommy, we did get to hear “Eyesight to the Blind” – a Sonny Boy Williamson cover that fit well within the story arc.  And, we were treated to Who Are You and Baba O’Riley – two songs I’ve loved since the Reagan administration.  In particular, I’ve been mesmerized by the outro solo in Baba O’Riley, and watching it done masterfully by violinist Katie Jacoby was incredible – I savored every note.  Overall, this was an amazingly fun performance – expertly satisfying those craving a slice of classic rock, with an orchestral arrangement that added much.  Clearly a highlight of the 2018 concert season!

Daltrey’s tour continues through much of the summer – catch it if you can: https://www.thewho.com/tour/

Set List

  1. Overture
  2. It’s a Boy
  3. 1921
  4. Amazing Journey
  5. Sparks
  6. Eyesight to the Blind (Sonny Boy Williamson cover)
  7. Christmas
  8. Cousin Kevin
  9. The Acid Queen
  10. Underture
  11. Do You Think It’s Alright?
  12. Fiddle About
  13. Pinball Wizard
  14. There’s a Doctor
  15. Go to the Mirror!
  16. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  17. Smash the Mirror
  18. I’m Free
  19. Miracle Cure
  20. Sensation
  21. Sally Simpson
  22. Welcome
  23. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  24. We’re Not Gonna Take It
  25. Who Are You
  26. Baba O’Riley
  27. Always Heading Home

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