Out today (June 14th) is Roger Daltrey's live album, The Who's Tommy Orchestral. The new set was recorded last year in Budapest and Bethel in upstate New York — the scene of the first Woodstock festival 50 years ago, where the Who performed Tommy in its entirety. In the press release for the album, Daltrey said, “Pete (Townshend)'s music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. Tommy can mean whatever you want it to mean, I use the characters in it as metaphors for parts of the human condition, so it’s a kind of a story of the human spirit. Even though it is 50 years on, I approach it as though I'm singing it for the first time.”
During an online chat with fans this week, Roger Daltrey spoke about the Who's upcoming studio set coming this fall, declaring, “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia. Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter and he’s still got that cutting edge, man.”
No release date for the still-untitled set has been announced.