The Who Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall 3LP
Landmark Rock Opera In Its Entirety - Live On Triple LP!
The Who's First Complete 'Tommy' Performance In 28 Years!
Includes Bonus Live Set Of 7 Greatest Hits!
April 2017. London's Royal Albert Hall. As part of a benefit concert for
the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Who played every song on its landmark album Tommy
for the first time in 28 years.
It was scheduled to be "acoustic Tommy" - and that was the intent frontman and
charity founder Roger Daltrey had when booking it. The occasion demanded
something special; this is the 100th TCT (Teenage Cancer Trust) benefit concert
since the charity began. Over 250 artists have participated, but The WHO began
the concept and felt something great should happen to mark the milestone.
"Sorry about the acoustics", explained Roger, before a note of Tommy had been
played. "It would have taken about four weeks of rehearsals and the charity
wouldn’t have made any money, so we thought, fuck it." Maybe some had noticed
the "a-word" being removed from the billing in the last week or so. They'd tried
it various ways – and it didn't really work. Some pieces did, sort of, and new
bassist Jon Button was prepared with his upright in tow... but no. The few that
were cool and different were found to be too-different; they felt the audience
may not find them comfortable on a first listen. We've all heard Pete
Townshend's great solo version of "Pinball Wizard" from the Secret Policeman's
Ball record. And Pete stayed on acoustic guitar for the 1989 big-band tour. But
within days of working on this, they'd decided to rock out, and this Tommy now
leaned heavily toward the 1969 version – which is dear to so many of the fans.
Pete did say it's been nearly 30 years since they did Tommy, and it will be
ANOTHER 30 before he ever plays it again! If so, this is even more special. So,
just for now, Tommy lives on... Onward!
• Triple LP
• Gatefold jacket
2. It's A Boy
4. Medley: Amazing Journey / Overture
1. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
3. Cousin Kevin
4. The Acid Queen
5. Do You Think It's Alright?
6. Fiddle About
7. Pinball Wizard
1. There's A Doctor
2. Go To The Mirror!
3. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
4. Smash The Mirror
6. I'm Free
7. Miracle Cure
9. Sally Simpson
2. Tommy's Holiday Camp
3. We're Not Gonna Take It
1. I Can't Explain
2. Join Together
3. I Can See For Miles
4. Who Are You
1. Love, Reign O'er Me
2. Baba O'Riley
3. Won't Get Fooled Again