Roger Daltrey Performs The Who’s TOMMY with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Photos Credit: Kevin Ferguson/Bethel Woods

Bethel WoodsRoger Daltrey Performs The Who’s TOMMY with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic @ Bethel Woods Center for the Art

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A Review By Mike Martinez

The summer concert season at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts opened with Roger Daltrey performing The Who’s masterwork Tommy accompanied by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic on June 8, 2018.   The event offered fans of Daltrey & The Who the opportunity to hear the iconic rock opera performed with a brilliant orchestra in one of New York State’s best concert venues.  Daltrey was also supported on stage by The Who touring band that features guitarist / singer Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devour.  The Who performed at Woodstock in 1969, the same year they released the double album Tommy.  The album was hailed as a masterpiece by many music critics but it also received criticism for its dark themes. Tommy was banned by the BBC and various U.S. radio staions upon its release.  The tour that supported the release catapulted The Who into superstardom and established the group as one of rock’s best live acts. One of the testaments to the album’s greatness is that is still a daring and adventurous work that has remained vital decades after its release.

The concert started with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and conductor Keith Levenson taking the stage with the band to play the “Overature” from the album.  Daltrey then hit the stage to sing “It’s A Boy.” Daltrey was in fine form throughout the night. He delivered  dynamic performances highlighted by songs that are still a part of Hard and Classic Rock radio, “Pinball Wizard, “Acid Queen,” and “I’m Free.”   Daltrey brought the crowd to its feet during the album’s final song “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”  Daltrey followed Tommy  with two thrilling Who classics “Who Are You” and “Baba O’Riley.”  “Baba O’Riley” featured a dazzling violin solo from Katie Jacoby.  The evening closed with a moving rendition of “Always Heading Home” from Daltrey’s new solo album As Long As I Have You.

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Keith Levenson deserve praise for their fine orchestrations throughout the concert.  The band and the orchestra displayed a brilliant chemistry that highlighted the drama and passion of the music.   Bethel Woods Center for the Arts  was the perfect setting to revisit Tommy.  The venue has a cool vibe, great sound and a place in rock history as the site of the original Woodstock festival.

For information on upcoming concerts, go to:  http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Photo Credit:  Kevin Ferguson/Bethel Woods

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