Roger Daltrey has shared details about his upcoming mini-tour of the U.S., which will launch Oct. 30 in Clearwater, Fla., at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Who frontman has dubbed the solo run “A Quick One (While Pete's Away)” as a witty shout-out to his absent Who bandmate Pete Townshend, as well as a tongue-in-cheek nod to The Who's 1966 studio album A Quick One mini-opera medley “A Quick One While He's Away.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer updated fans about the tour via a video footage posted Oct. 28 at the official website of The Who. Titled “A Few Words from the Guv'nor,” the clip was filmed during band rehearsals in Flordia with The Who's touring band while the recently wed Pete Townshend remains on a one-year leave away from touring. Daltrey's backing band includes veteran Who touring band members John Corey (piano), Loren Gold (keys), Frank Simes (keyboard/musical director), Zak Starkey (drums/Ringo's son), Simon Townshend (guitar/Pete's brother) and relatively new addition Jon Button (bass), replacing former longtime Who touring bassist Pino Palladino.
The “Pinball Wizard” hitmaker explains that the solo romp is about “having fun” and “keeping the voice going” while The Who are on sabbatical. Along with material from his extensive solo career, as well as greatest hits from The Who's massive back catalog, Daltrey also promises several deep cuts that have never been played live by The Who in the past.
“I obviously can't be The Who without Pete,” explains Daltrey in the video. “And I'm not trying to be on this...more than anything, the night's about having fun and a good time.”
The legendary British rocker recently released plans to publish his first-ever memoir.The as-yet-untitled biography will hit shelves via Henry Holt and Company in the U.S. sometime in 2018.
Daltrey's fall romp will wrap up with a two-night stand, which will take place between Nov. 6 – Nov. 8 in Niagara Falls, Ont., at Avalon Ballroom Theatre at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. See Daltrey's rehearsal hall video above and get your Roger Daltrey tickets now at AXS.