Coming on June 14th is Roger Daltrey's live album, The Who's Tommy Orchestral. The new set was recorded in Budapest and Bethel in upstate New York — the scene of the first Woodstock festival 50 years ago, where the band performed Tommy in its entirety. In the press release for the album, Daltrey said, “Pete (Townshend)'s music is particularly suited to being embellished by the sounds that an orchestra can add to the band. Tommy can mean whatever you want it to mean, I use the characters in it as metaphors for parts of the human condition, so it’s a kind of a story of the human spirit. Even though it is 50 years on, I approach it as though I'm singing it for the first time.”

Roger Daltrey told us that he gets into a very specific mindset to embody the piece he immortalized back when he was only 24-years-old: “When I hit the stage I'm singing it for the first time. I've put a few links in this and I've had to reinvent an ending to it, 'cause on the record, as you know, it fades out. I'm being faithful to the record on this. I've added one little, tiny link to cover up a guitar change. My guitarist has to change from a six-string electric to and 12-string acoustic. I don't want any stops, I want it to be non-stop music for around 10 minutes. But it is magnificent — I assure you.”

Daltrey is quick to stress that Tommy is the work of the Who — not just composer Pete Townshend: “I've treated it like a classic piece of work written by one composer; and obviously it's not, it's written by a group of people, Every bit of music on there is written by a group of people. Pete might've written the top lines of most of the songs, but all the little bits and intricacies that were all part of the group's character belong to the individuals in that group. But I've treated that as though it was one composer and treated it with that kind of respect. It's a very different animal than when the Who took it on the road.”