The Who are set to perform their rock opera Tommy in full for the first time in 27 years at two fundraising shows.
Frontman Roger Daltrey has been a longtime honorary patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, which raises money for young people with cancer, and has been helping put together fundraising shows at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall since 2000, when the first concert was headlined by the band.
To mark the 100th show in aid of the Trust, Daltrey and his bandmates will perform their first full performance of the 1969 rock opera in 27 years in a new acoustic presentation, followed by a string of greatest hits, on 30 March and 1 April.
A post on the Teenage Cancer Trust Twitter page reads, “2017 will mark our 100th #TeenageCancerGigs show & who better to perform than the band who started it all… @TheWho!”
As a consequence, The Who have decided to postpone their 2016 U.K. shows until 2017 to coincide with the Royal Albert Hall gigs. Concerts in Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Liverpool in England and Glasgow in Scotland, which were due to take place in August and September, are affected.
According to the band’s website, the set for these rescheduled shows will include a new presentation of Tommy which will emulate “the historic period around Live At Leeds and Woodstock” which “hasn’t been done by the band or seen by their audience since 1970.”
Tommy was the band’s fourth album, largely composed by the group’s songwriter Pete Townshend, which told the story of a deaf, dumb, and blind boy. It was adapted into a musical film in 1975, starring Daltrey, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, and Elton John, and later turned into a Broadway musical in 1992