Who fans can check out the latest free preview from the band’s upcoming reissue of the star-studded 1972 concert of their 1969 rock opera Tommy with the London Symphony Orchestra. The legendary British rockers have debuted the audio track for the song “Tommy’s Holiday Camp,” which features lead vocals from Ringo Starr, backed by a 104-piece orchestra.
The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famers debuted the song on Aug. 27 at Ultimate Classic Rock. On The Who’s original 1969 rock opera, “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” was sung by the late great Who drummer Keith Moon. The ex-Beatle drummer and Moon were best buddies, so it’s fitting Starr should handle the role in the production.
The audio clip features Starr’s complete performance of the track, as well as the segue into Roger Daltrey’s opening two verses of the album’s final track “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Fans can listen to the track here.
Along with Starr, the concert features appearances from all four original members of The Who along with guest spots by Rod Stewart, Stevie Winwood, the late Richie Havens and Scottish rocker Maggie Bell, among others. The orchestral staging of the album has been out of print for three decades, but has been remastered and will be released on Sept. 11 via Lou Adler’s Ode Sounds & Visuals.
Conducted by David Measham and arranged by Wil Malone, the album will available in standard and deluxe versions in CD, digital and gray vinyl. The vinyl versions features Tom Wilkes and Craig Braun’s Grammy-winning original design concept libretto along with a 20-page color illustration of the characters and lyrics. To pre-order, click here.
The Who will launch the second leg of their AEG Live produced The Who Hits 50! Tour of North America on Sept. 14 in San Diego, California, at Valley View Casino Center. Tickets for all U.S. shows are available at AXS.
See below for The Who’s revised 2015 fall North American schedule. For all the latest details on The Who, click here.
The Who Hits! 50 Tour 2015 fall North American schedule (rescheduled dates bolded):
Sept. 14 – San Diego, Calif., Valley View Casino Center
Sept. 16 – Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
Sept. 19 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
Sept. 21 – Los Angeles, Calif., Staples Center
Sept. 25 – Portland, Ore., Moda Center
Sept. 27 – Seattle, Wash., KeyArena At Seattle Center
Sept. 29 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Rogers Arena
Oct. 1 – Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
Oct. 3 – Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
Oct. 6 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, SaskTel Sports Centre
Oct. 8 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
Oct. 10 – Minneapolis, Minn., Target Center
Oct. 13 – Milwaukee, Wis., BMO Harris Bradley Center
Oct. 15 – Chicago, Ill., United Center
Oct. 17 – Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
Oct. 19 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Oct. 23 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Consol Energy Center
Oct. 25 – Newark, N.J., Prudential Center
Oct. 27 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
Oct. 29 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
Nov. 1 – Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Nov. 4 – Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 2 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Dec. 4 – Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center
Dec. 6 – St. Louis, Mo., Scottrade Center
Dec. 8 – Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
Dec. 10 – Denver, Colo., Pepsi Center
Dec. 13 – Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena