Roger Daltrey Moves ‘Who Was I’ Tour to 2022

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Roger Daltrey has moved his U.K. solo tour to 2022. The 12-date “Who Was I” run, originally scheduled to begin on Nov. 7, 2021, now starts on June 20. The Oct. 25 announcement attributed the delay to “ongoing concerns about the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation.”

When the tour was first announced on Sept. 8, Daltrey said, “The truth is singers need to sing. Use it or lose it. It’s important to get our road crew working again. Without these guys the halls would go silent.” The original tour announcement came several months after he abruptly canceled a brief U.S. tour that was to take place in late August and early September.

Tickets for the “Who Was I” tour are available here. The shows are described as a mix of acoustic and electric, featuring classics, rarities, and his own solo hits. They’ll also feature a Q-and-A with attendees.

“Throughout my life I have sung with so many great musicians, from the heavy rock of The Who and Wilko Jonson, to the Irish lilt of The Chieftains,” Daltrey says. “On this tour I want to take the audience on a musical journey through my career as a singer, with a show of songs and sounds that explores and surprises. I look forward to having closer contact with my audience than festivals and arenas allow. Leaving time to chat.

The cover of Daltrey’s 1973 solo debut

“It’s also clear that live music is an important part of all our lives, something to free us from the groundhog days that life has become. This pandemic has brought home to me what an important part of me singing is and it’s made me determined to get back onstage asap.”

The show, which will comprise a unique mix of music and conversation, is built around Daltrey’s musical journey and encompasses blues, rock, country, soul and metal.

The band for the original 2021 dates was to be Simon Townshend (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Phil Spalding (bass), Jody Linscott (percussion), Ben Townshend (drums), Doug Boyle (guitar), Loren Gold (keyboards, vocals), Katie Jacoby (violin), Steve Weston (harmonica). It’s not yet known whether that lineup will stay intact for the 2022 dates.

During the evening he will dig into his back catalog pulling from his nine solo albums, his album with Wilko Johnson, and even reinterpreting a few Who classics and rarities.

Related: Our Album Rewind of Daltrey’s solo debut

Roger Daltrey 2022 Tour (Tickets are available here)

Jun 20 – Bournemouth – Bournemouth International Centre
Jun 22 – Brighton – Brighton Centre
Jun 24 – Oxford – New Theatre Oxford
Jun 27 – Portsmouth – Guildhall
Jun 29 – Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall
Jul 01 – Southend-on-Sea – Cliffs Pavilion
Jul 04 – Birmingham – Symphony Hall
Jul 06 – Glasgow – SEC Armadillo
Jul 09 – Manchester – O2 Apollo
Jul 11 – Liverpool – Empire Theatre
Jul 13 – Newcastle – O2 City Hall
Jul 17 – London – London Palladium

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When Daltrey canceled his U.S. tour, he wrote, “When I booked these shows several months ago I was confident that things would be back to normal by August, but due to the uncertainty of the current travel situation and the challenges for a U.K. act to be able to perform in the USA I have reluctantly decided to cancel the shows. I hope to re-book them in the near future, and to those of you who have bought tickets, please accept my sincere apologies.”

Though it’s been rumored that The Who would tour in spring 2022, there hasn’t been an announcement as of Oct. 26.

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  1. Melf
    #1 Melf 9 September, 2021, 02:48

    Thanks for sharing the Roger Daltrey tour.
    Its unfortunate that dates for U.S. tour got nicked.
    His autobiography is a trip, at what he has achieved over a 50 year span. It’s a
    eye opener into the synergy of his bandmates! They were all characters.
    Would love to see him tour in the states!

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    • 122intheshade
      122intheshade 27 October, 2021, 00:43

      Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite (there’s a name for a band!) is a scream. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere is a good history of the band.

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