Roger Daltrey to Take the Who's Tommy on Tour Without Pete Townshend

Roger Daltrey to Take the Who's <i>Tommy</i> on Tour Without Pete Townshend
While the Who singer Roger Daltrey is taking the group's classic 1969 rock opera on tour this summer, he's leaving his longtime partner in crime, Pete Townshend, behind. But the string of solo shows, which kicks off in July, will, oddly enough, see him side by side with Townshend's younger brother, Simon, on lead guitar. Luckily, the original windmill six-stringer has given Daltrey his full blessing.

"Great to see Roger performing Tommy with his band in 2011," the elder Townshend said in a statement. "It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band reinterpret the old Who songs. I will be there in spirit, and Roger has my complete and most loving support."

This won't be the first time Daltrey has performed with Simon Townshend. Last year, the two got together to form the band No Plan B. Interestingly, a charity gig for Teenage Cancer Trust at Bournemouth's O2 Academy last March saw the group joined by Pete Townshend, who guested on Who classics "The Acid Queen" and "Baba O'Riley."

No word on whether Tommy will come over to this side of the pond, but check out the UK dates below.

Thanks to the Guardian for the tip.

Tour dates:

7/3 Alchester, UK - Ragley Hall

7/4 Gateshead, UK - Sage

7/6 Glasgow, UK - Clyde Auditorium

7/7 Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall

7/9 Nottingham, UK - Royal Centre

7/10 Newport, UK - Centre

7/12 Bristol, UK - Colston Hall

7/13 Southend, UK - Cliffs Pavilion

7/15 Guildford, UK - Guilfest

7/16 Hampshire, UK - Broadlands
7/19 Hull, UK - City Hall

7/21 London, UK - Indigo O2

7/22 Norwich, UK - Blicking Hall

7/24 Exeter, UK - Powderham Castle