Roger Daltrey and Who fans pumped in anticipation of the legendary British rocker's first solo album in 26 years can whet their appetite with a new single “How Far.” The track is the second release from his upcoming solo effort As Long as I Have You, which will drop June 1 via Polydor.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer premiered the song on May 11 via BBC Radio 2's “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show” and posted the song Friday at the official website of The Who. The new single comes ahead of the launch of the charismatic singer's U.S. summer concert series “Roger Daltrey Performs The Who's Tommy," which kicks off June 8 in Bethel, N.Y., at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
“How Far” was written by ex-Buffalo Springfield and ex-Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young star Stephen Stills. Stills originally released the song on his 1972 solo project Manassas and the track is one of a handful of cover songs on Daltrey's new effort.
The 3: 04-minute audio clip opens with a lively acoustic guitar intro. The Who frontman's version is more upbeat and funky than Stills' original ode to the road with the bass and drums laying down the groove as the "Pinball Wizard" hitmaker sings, “Most of my life I've been living on the road/And then I realized that a suitcase ain't my home.”
As Long as I Have You was produced by Dave Eringa and features 11 tracks with several that include guest guitar contributions from Who bandmate Pete Townshend. The album is Daltrey's ninth solo effort and is available for preorder here in digital, CD and vinyl formats.
Following the wrap up of the Tommy concert series on July 8 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, at Blossom Music Center, the multi-platinum seller will perform a handful of “greatest hits” solo dates with members of The Who touring band, which begins July 10 in Verona, N.Y., at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Grab your Roger Daltrey tickets now at AXS.