Roger Daltrey’s new live record, The Who’s Tommy Orchestral, debuted at No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Classical Albums chart.
The album entered the chart above Andrea Bocelli’s Si and Luciano Pavarotti’s Music From the Soundtrack: Pavarotti.
The album features live recordings in Budapest, Hungary, and Bethel Woods, N.Y., during a 2018 tour in which Daltrey performed the classic rock opera with the collaboration of local orchestras celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tommy.
The album, produced by Daltrey and Keith Levenson, features the core band of Simon Townshend – Vocals / Guitar, Frank Simes – Guitar, Scott Devours – Drums, Jon Button – Bass, and Loren Gold – keyboards.
The band has posted a series of videos featuring Daltrey discussing the project on their official Facebook page.
“Even though it’s rock music, when you break it down and look at it, what he’s actually doing, it’s incredibly musical,” Daltrey says about Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend.
He adds, “It’s not like any other rockers out there. It’s a very unique thing. And, of course, that really left a lot of space to do great, imaginative orchestrations.”