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Roger Daltrey to play Villa gig

The lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey, is to play the Villa Marina next month.

He'll perform the band's legendary rock opera 'Tommy' from start to finish - something The Who never did in a live show.

The concert on July 28 follows the acclaimed premier of Tommy at the Royal Albert Hall in London earlier this year.

Marian Kenny reports:

20 million copies were sold of the double album, Tommy, the rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy who becomes the leader of a messianic movement.

It spawned a film of the same name, with Daltrey in the title role in 1975, enthralling a generation of youngsters.

Songs include Pinball Wizard, I'm Free and See Me Feel Me.

The Tommy show on the road, after its hugely successful London premiere, will also include a variety of Who classics, with Daltrey supported by a full backing band.

Fellow band members Pete Townsend has described the unique concert version of Tommy as a faithful presentation of the original work, which has his complete and loving support.

Tickets for the concert at the Villa are on sale now.

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