Roger Daltrey has one of rock’s most legendary voices, but he doesn’t take it for granted. That’s why the set of solo dates he’ll be playing – beginning Oct. 10 in Vancouver – has been dubbed the Use It or Lose It Tour.
As lead singer for The Who, he’s lent his pipes to a staggering array of enduring rock ‘n’ roll anthems. And with plans for the band’s next tour still up in the air, Daltrey decided a solo jaunt – his first since 1985 – would be just the thing “to keep my voice in trim, so I’ll be ready,” he explains. “Those songs demand a lot of voice!”
Of course, the iconic singer’s vocal regimen is just part of the equation. “I thought it’d be nice to play smaller, more intimate venues,” he says. “I look forward to getting back to that. I want to give people a good night out. The economic situation being what it is these days, I think that’s what they want: to go out and feel they’ve had a good jolly-up.”
Those venues (which, though hardly small, are certainly intimate compared to the arenas The Who has been rocking for the last several decades) include Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom, Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Denver’s Paramount Theatre, L.A’s Orpheum, Baltimore’s Lyric, and several prominent casinos, House of Blues locations and Hard Rock Cafes.
Daltrey will be joined onstage by a longtime collaborator, guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend plus guitarist/musical director Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devours.
Promising a healthy serving of Who songs (“but they’ll be my versions of them”), solo material – including some songs he’s never played live – and covers that pay tribute to his influences and admired contemporaries, Daltrey relishes the chance to showcase dimensions of his vocal ability that even longtime fans haven’t yet experienced. “I think I have one of those unique, recognizable rock voices,” he ventures with typical understatement. “Even in a Who show there’s enormous range, but this show will give me an even greater opportunity to explore.”
Although he prefers to keep his set lists a surprise, it’s no secret that Daltrey has over the years performed songs by the likes of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Queen, among others, alongside favorites from his Who and solo catalogs.
All secrets aside, it looks like Roger Daltrey is ready to use his voice to do the thing he was born to do – bring rock fans to their feet.
Roger Daltrey – Use It or Lose It Tour
Saturday, October 10th @ 8pm
Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets are $99 each (plus service charges) and available at Live Nation online or by calling 604-280-4444 (tickets go on sale August 7th). For pre-sale tickets, VIP packages, and all other tour information, visit www.thewho.com