Roger Daltrey, legendary frontman for The Who, continues to remind audiences why they loved the British Invasion. On Sunday, November 29th, Daltrey capped his Use It or Lose It Tour at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Hard Rock Live. As lead singer for The Who, Daltrey is one of the greatest rockers of all time. (Rolling Stone magazine included the group’s onstage instrument-smashing among the “50 Moments That Changed Rock n Roll History.”) Daltrey, who had fronted for The Who since 1964, first went solo in the 1970s, recording with the band throughout that time. After Pete Townshend stopped writing songs for The Who in 1982, Daltrey continued singing on his own, as well as working on his acting career (he had already starred in the title role of the band’s seminal 1975 Ken Russell-directed rock opera Tommy).
The Hard Rock Live was the final leg of Daltrey’s 30-show tour, but you wouldn’t have known it to see him perform. It was only at the end of the show – when Daltrey’s voice started to fade – that you could see the toll it takes to be a Rock n Roll icon. (“Those songs demand a lot of voice!,” the Rock legend offered, the 20-something who rocked three decades very much evident in the 65-year-old smile.) Daltrey was joined onstage by his longtime collaborator, guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend (who hit it spot-on with a cover of Going Mobile, which I still can’t get out of my head, to the playful dismay of my co-workers), and a stellar crew of musicians, including guitarist/musical director Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, and drummer Scott Devours.
Daltrey delivered a healthy mix of material, including songs that made him one of the “gods of Rock n Roll.” He hit all the heavies from The Who’s dominant years: Won’t Get Fooled Again, which included the signature scream that became a defining moment in Rock history; Who Are You?; the playful and inuendo-laden Squeeze Box; and the anthem of a decade, My Generation., as well as solo material and even a couple of classic Johnny Cash covers, just for good measure. It’s up for debate whether or not “there will always be an England,” but one son of the U.K. continues to rock out – for his generation and others.