Ravinia announces dates for this summer's Tommy with Roger Daltrey

Ravinia announces dates for this summer's Tommy with Roger Daltrey

“You didn’t hear it. You didn’t see it. You won’t say nothing to no one ever in your life.”  The Who

Today’s announcement from Ravinia that legendary frontman of The Who Roger Daltrey will be performing the band’s most iconic masterpiece this summer, the groundbreaking Tommy, on June 23 and 25, is a warm reminder that as we brave the winter chill of Chicago summer is just around the corner. 

Daltrey and his band will be joined on stage by the Ravinia Festival Orchestra for the performance, that will showcase the timeless classics from the 1969 rock opera, including “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me, Feel Me,” and others.

Regular Who players, including guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, guitarist Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, and drummer Scott Devours, will once again bring to life the rock opera that tells the story of a psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy as he navigates life through his spiritual connection to music.

Tickets for both concerts will be available to donors to Ravinia Festival beginning February 1. They will go on sale to the public on February 9.

Ravinia will announce its full summer lineup on March 14.


Roger Daltrey has appeared onstage away from The Who on many occasions. His 1994 solo concert at Carnegie Hall with The Juilliard Orchestra was the fastest selling event in the venue’s history. The following year he appeared on stage as the Tin Man in a production of The Wizard of Oz at Lincoln Center, and in 1998 he starred as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. He has also performed with his friends The Chieftains, a traditional Irish band, and toured the world with the British Rock Symphony interpreting a variety of rock classics.

Daltrey’s film career began, appropriately enough, with the title role in Ken Russell’s kaleidoscopic 1975 adaptation of The Who’s rock opera Tommy. He has since appeared in some 30 films, portraying composer Franz Liszt (as well as writing lyrics and performing several songs) in Russell’s wild classical music fantasia Lisztomania, the lead in the gritty crime drama McVicar (for which he also furnished the hit soundtrack), and roles in The Legacy, Vampirella, Johnny Was, and many more. His television work includes appearances on CSI, That ’70s Show, and Rude Awakening.

The singer’s solo discography includes the acclaimed discs Daltrey, Ride a Rock Horse, One of the Boys, and Under a Raging Moon, and such hit singles as  “I’m Free,” “Giving It All Away,” “Without Your Love,” “Free Me,” and “After the Fire.” His solo work has been compiled into two anthologies, Martyrs and Madmen (1997) and Moonlighting (2005). Later in 2018, Daltrey’s autobiography and his first solo album in 26 years will be released.

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