March 28, 2012 – 11:57 am

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Performs The Who’s Tommy And More [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome, Italy; February March 23, 2012. Excellent cable broadcast Radio RAI 2 (mpeg-2 192 kbps).

Paedophiles, messianic cults, sadism, pimping and prostitution, not to mention sex and drugs… and killer tracks such as Pinball Wizard and I’m Free, The Who’s Tommy rock opera was heady when it was released in 1969 and the issues continue to be headline news today.Unlike the more vitriolic and outspoken Pete Townshend, Daltrey probably preferred to let the songs do the talking. The result is a straight run through of Tommy - albeit very well performed - though some personal commentary from Daltrey (even if it’s an Italian audience) or even reinterpretation of some tunes [god forbid! - no?] would have lifted the show several notches higher.

Well, here’s one for those good times, as Debs of observed:

It was already clear from the buzz of excitement in the foyer that this was going to be more than a mere concert - this was an event – with fans of all ages posing for souvenir photographs in front of the advertising billboards. After all, this was one of those “you had to be there” opportunities to hear The Who’s 1969 album played live in its entirety, and sung by Roger Daltrey.

As the lights dimmed and Daltrey appeared on stage to thunderous whoops and cheers, and the opening notes of the Tommy Overture began, it became instantly clear that he had brought a stunningly good backing band with him (including Simon Townshend on guitars, looking and sounding remarkably like his older brother Pete).

Moving swiftly on through the original recording with no banter - It’s A Boy, 1921, Amazing Journey – it was also clear that Daltrey, who has been beset with throat problems in recent years, was in fine voice. Effortlessly charismatic and with his trademark microphone swirls, double tambourines and poses, he was clearly enjoying himself, whilst the enthralled audience was noisily appreciative - Pinball Wizard raised the roof - but curiously remained sitting, as if in respectful reverence throughout the whole Tommy performance, until very suddenly as the “Listening to you” chorus of the final track We’re Not Gonna Take It began, the audience got to its feet and there was a rush, en masse, to the stage for Tommy’s exhilarating finale.

Music fan survivor69 had, on March 24, posted a lossless FM broadcast of this show at The Traders’ Den. The downside of the FM version is that there is a lot of DJ talk (in Italian) between the tracks, especially on Disc Two (after the Tommy section). Meanwhile, at Dime, swisstapes posted his version of the show recorded from a lossy cable broadcast. swisstapes also made the effort to remove as much of the DJ talk as possible. The cuts, which add up to 11 minutes, are noticeable - in many instances swisstapes used fade-outs (with the DJ talking) and fade-ins to bridge the tracks - but the cuts are not jarring and they won’t hamper your enjoyment of the show.

Thanks to swisstapes for sharing the tracks at Dime. Thanks also to frikiepalo for the artwork.

Radio RAI2 > DVB-C (mpeg-2 192 kb/s) > Dreambox 600pvr > Audacity > Flac

Collectors who want the lossless FM broadcast (with comments from the Italian DJs intact) can download the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Overture/It’s A Boy (8.6MB)
Track 102. 1921 (4.0MB)
Track 103. Amazing Journey (4.7MB)
Track 104. Sparks (5.2MB)
Track 105. Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (3.1MB)
Track 106. Christmas (6.5MB)
Track 107. Cousin Kevin (5.4MB)
Track 108. The Acid Queen (5.6MB)
Track 109. Do You Think It’s Alright (561k)
Track 110. Fiddle About (2.2MB)
Track 111. Pinball Wizard (4.6MB)
Track 112. There’s A Doctor (2.3MB)
Track 113. Go To The Mirror! (3.5MB)
Track 114. Tommy Can You Hear Me? (2.0MB)
Track 115. Smash The Mirror (1.9MB)
Track 116. Sensation (5.2MB)
Track 117. I’m Free (3.7MB)
Track 118. Miracle Cure (425k)
Track 119. Sally Simpson (7.0MB)
Track 120. Welcome (5.7MB)
Track 121. Tommy’s Holiday Camp (1.6MB)
Track 122. We’re Not Gonna Take It (10.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. I Can See For Miles (6.1MB)
Track 202. The Kids Are Alright (4.2MB)
Track 203. Behind Blue Eyes (4.8MB)
Track 204. The Way It Is (Simon Townshend) (5.7MB)
Track 205. Pictures Of Lily (3.8MB)
Track 206. Who Are You (8.1MB)
Track 207. My Generation (1.8MB)
Track 208. Young Man Blues (9.6MB)
Track 209. Baba O’Riley (7.3MB)
Track 210. Without Your Love (4.4MB)
Track 211. Red Blue And Grey (4.8MB)

Roger Daltrey - vocals
Frank Simes - guitars
Simon Townshend - guitars
Jon Button - bass
Scott Deavours - drums
Loren Gold - keyboards

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  1. 22 Responses to “ROGER DALTREY - ROME 2012”

  2. Sounds surprisingly excellent.

    By HVS on Mar 28, 2012

  3. Agree with HVS. Wasn’t expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by the old man’s effort.

    By Adam on Mar 28, 2012

  4. I know it`s not really the Who but it never ceases to give me goosebumps up and down my spine when I hear the first note of the Overture.Thx Big O…..again.

    By couz on Mar 28, 2012

  5. im not sure why this isnt with pete. the two of them calling themselves the who (which i think is obnoxious to begin with) are supposed to be touring this year.. so i dont understand why when there is a broadcast of a live performance that would reach millions pete wouldnt take advantage of that opportunity to get his stuff heard again 43 years after it was originally heard. nowadays pete/roger could sing that tommy sure plays a mean telephone since pinball is kind of a thing of the past and all anyone does lately is play their phones.
    if ‘the who’ do tour as promised i sure hope that a sbd or fm recording makes it out. i wont ever understand why their performance was so bad at the superbowl a couple of years back. i feel badly for anyone who didnt get to see the band in the 70s. or at least 1982. their performances since then werent bad either. 1989 for example. several in the 90s. early 2000s. that tour they did where every show was recorded and offered for sale to the fans was pretty damned good. so this coming tour that i hear should be a return to quadrophenia should be nice. lets hope it sounds better than the superbowl or people will scream roger deader than davy jones.

    By darth on Mar 29, 2012

  6. Excuse the interruption to Roger but I just heard the news.

    RIP Earl Scruggs

    Now let me tell you all a story ’bout a man named Jed……

    By sking on Mar 29, 2012

  7. Great concert. Great sound quality.

    Did Daltrey omit the Underture from this effort? Too bad…the Underture was a spectacular component of Tommy.

    is anyone aware if the Underture was done as part of any of the tour shows?

    By Dr. Dave on Mar 29, 2012

  8. Indeed…. RIP Earl Scruggs…. you were truly the “HENDRIX” of the banjo.

    Flatt and Scruggs provided the soundtrack to many tailgates and roadtrips for my Brother and I.

    You were the best, Earl! I bet he’s getting the band back together as we speak!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 30, 2012

  9. PS: Get Well Soon, ROBIN GIBB!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 30, 2012

  10. Thank you very much for this DALTREY offering… I will get it, but…..

    I saw him in March of 2010 with Clapton, and then I saw this tour in Atlanta this past September. Daltrey is AWESOME… I will always have a soft spot in me heart for him…. but this band…. it was like Simon Townshend and a bar band backing him up….. some band you might see playing the lounge of a bowling alley.

    And the non-WHO material was rather weak…. but that is just my opinion….
    for what its worth

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 30, 2012

  11. …for what’s it’s worth…Roger Daltrey isn’t able to sing the Who songs anymore, at least not the way the way they were conceveid, should try to make them suitable for what’s left of what used to be an incredible voice, still awesome, but hey…years go passing by, you can’t sing the Who classics like that, please don’t…this makes Pete Townshend sound like Pavarotti compared to Daltrey!
    Alex Corvini

    By bobcatal on Mar 30, 2012

  12. Excellent Thank You. They didn’t get to do their planned performance over here in the land down under Australia. So missed seeing this tour and many other Roger or more importantly Who concerts. But listening is just as good ta ;)

    In reply to why wasn’t Pete involved? He was working on his own projects which was both the 5.1 surround remix of Quadrophenia and his biography. He gave Roger all his blessings for the show and actually did a few surprise appearances in the tour and played Acid Queen in the Tommy set then joined in with second set of The Who’s playlist of their hits.

    Not sure if a name change from The Who to something else would be respectful to their deceased members Keith and John, so sticking to The Who name is accepted by me.

    Thanks for the share bigo ;)

    By andjoh on Mar 30, 2012

  13. I saw the show Roger Daltrey did in Montreal. He did not play Underture, as it’s very similar to Sparks. It was a fantastic show.

    By Bob on Mar 30, 2012

  14. is russian assassin aka ed saad???

    By darth on Apr 4, 2012

  15. Nope…. we are 2 different people. Ed lives in Alabama, I live in Georgia. We have been to a bunch of the same concerts, but have never met.

    Ed knows his stuff! He has quite a memory!

    21 years ago today: 4/4/91 - I saw my 2nd ever GRATEFUL DEAD concert at The Omni in Atlanta, GA!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Apr 4, 2012

  16. A real pleasure to hear these old songs still burning because the arrangements are well played. The guitars remember pete’s style but are fortunately played in a different way.
    Rockmusic has to be fresh even when the band plays the originals. Roger is still a good singer.

    By Hartmut on Apr 5, 2012

  17. 73 yrs ago yesterday 4-4-39 my mom was born. that same day in 68 martin luther king jr was shot and killed. the same day many years earlier muddy waters was born. and a few yrs later gary moore. not that any of this matters. just thought id mention it.
    still seems uncanny that ed seems to have vanished and u seem to have appeared. hmmmm.

    By darth on Apr 5, 2012

  18. No Sir, I have been here for awhile… in fact Ed and I volleyed responses back and forth a year or so back, as well as a few months ago. I don’t know if you can search someone’s postings.

    Maybe I will meet Ed this summer and we can snap a pic of the 2 of us together to post! I will, of course, be wearing my treadmark RUSSIAN ASSASSIN mask!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Apr 5, 2012

  19. ED SAAD….. Where are you at Brother? Tell these folks you and I are 2 different people!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Apr 5, 2012

  20. hey russian assassin, i’m here. yes, two different people in different states. i just haven’t seen much this week i’m interested in. i definitely can use more sun ra shows, though.

    thanks for your kind words. me and my brother will definitely be at at alice cooper and maiden june 23. if you like, we’ll get a picture together. i don’t mind.

    i’ll tell you i may be at coheed and cambria may 16 here in b’ham, al at workplay soundstage. i haven’t heard much by them, but what i heard i liked and reminded me of at the drive-in and or the mars volta. it might be good.

    i saw buckethead march 18 at workplay theatre. the theatre and soundstage are in the same building. buckethead was good, but i’ll tell you i seemed to enjoy him better the last time i saw him at workplay theatre which was 9.26.11. that time he had somebody open named lynx, and i didn’t care for her. then this time it was billed as the frankenstein brothers with wolff. well wolff comes out and has this tuba which looks kind of cool and interesting till he starts to play. it had that kind of techno, bass house sound i’m not too fond of so once was probably enough for me. then that 1 guy comes out and it was about the same as wolff. i really liked it when he was bowing his magic tube, but i wasn’t feeling the rest. buckethead came out played a shorter set, did some of the same songs as last time, some different songs, still did the exchanging of presents, nunchucks, dancing and usual shredding. then he takes a few minutes break and comes out and does a duo with that 1 guy. i actually liked it better than that 1 guy’s solo set. i hope buckethead comes back later in the year, but i don’t know. the turnout was maybe half of last time. it could have been cause it was a sunday night and spring break. maybe people made plans. me and my brother showed up and supported it, though.

    sorry for the long post, but it makes up for lost time.

    do you remember an 80’s arcade video game called russian attack? man, i loved that game, rastan and shinobi. i used to play all three in high school. fun times.


    By Ed Saad on Apr 6, 2012

  21. He’s the man I saw Boston 9-2011 it was great thanks

    By Rodger on Apr 6, 2012

  22. Daltrey will never be the Beatles without Keith Richards

    By Everyone Else on Big O is MORON !!! on Apr 5, 2017

  23. Not sure if the name The Who instead of something else is really respectful to their deceased members Keith and John, so sticking to The Who name is insulting to me.

    By oddjob on Apr 5, 2017

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