The Who has unveiled a track from the forthcoming reissue of their star-studded 1972 orchestral version of their 1969 rock opera Tommy with the London Symphony Orchestra. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have debuted the audio track “Christmas,” which features lead vocals from Stevie Winwood with help from Who frontman Roger Daltrey, backed by a 104-piece orchestra and a 60-voice chamber choir.
The legendary British rockers premiered the song on Aug. 19 at Rolling Stone. The rare 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.
Along with guest vocals from the former Spencer Davis Group star, the concert also features appearances from all four original members of The Who along with contributions by Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, the late Richie Havens and Scottish rocker Maggie Bell, among others. Director Ken Russell later turned Tommy into a successful Hollywood motion picture in 1975 and it also became a Tony Award-winning play in 1993.
“I always saw the Who’s version of Tommy as more of a sketch and felt there was more that could be done with it,” The Who’s principal songwriter/co-founder Pete Townshend said in a statement. “The London Symphony project, I think, paved the way for more to come.”
The album will available in standard and deluxe versions in CD and LP format. 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.
Fans can listen to the remastered audio track of “Christmas,” here. For pre-order information, 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:
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 Arenarena