Music

Roger Daltrey

Sample this concert
  1. 1Intro00:23
  2. 2Martyrs and Madmen04:41
  3. 3Don't Talk To Strangers04:48
  4. 4Breaking Down Paradise05:47
  5. 5Move Better In the Night04:35
  6. 6Substitute03:22
  7. 7Band Introduction00:44
  8. 8Your Time Is Gonna Come08:40
  9. 9The Pride You Hide05:55
  10. 10Let Me Down Easy04:29
  11. 11Rebel04:28
  12. 12Voices05:33
  13. 13Giving It All Away03:44
  14. 14Under A Raging Moon07:58
  15. 15Free Me05:52
  16. 16Summertime Blues01:39
  17. 17C'mon Everybody02:52
Liner Notes

Roger Daltrey - vocals; Mark Williamson - keyboards, vocals; John Siegler - bass; Dennis Elliott - drums; Clem Clempson - guitars; Alan Shacklock - keyboards; Guest: Russ Ballard - guitar, lead vocals on "Your Time Is Gonna Come" and "Voices"

Lead vocalist Roger Daltrey from The Who took a chance on a rare solo tour, from which this King Biscuit Flower Hour recording is derived. Daltrey had grown tired of Pete Townshend taking his time to resurrect The Who, and as a result, in 1985 Daltrey decided he would take his own project on the road.

The results are mixed. Although Daltrey had many excellent solo hits such as "Giving It All Away" (mostly written by ex-Argent guitarist, Russ Ballard), the majority of his material here is from 1985's Under a Raging Moon, which was the solo album Daltrey wrote in memory of the late Keith Moon. Unfortunately, only a few songs from that album had any dynamic appeal, and most are simply B-grade rock songs.

Daltrey is smart to keep the first half of the show loaded with his solo songs, many of which the audience is unfamiliar with. About halfway through, he brings out The Who classics, which wakes the auditorium up right away. They include "Substitute," "Behind Blue Eyes," "5:15" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." Daltrey's band, which included Russ Ballard on guitar and Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott, is good but when they're performing The Who material, they arguably sound like an above-average Who tribute band.

Highlights include "After The Fire" written by Pete Townshend for The Who to do at Live Aid; "Under A Raging Moon" and "Free Me," from his popular prison film drama, McVicar. For an encore, Daltrey pulls out the Eddie Cochran '50s classic, "Summertime Blues" (sung as it was originally recorded by Cochran and not The Who's bombastic version) and the hour and forty minute-long set closes with "C'mon Everybody."