Tuesday 1 September 2015


Ringo Starr will feature on the upcoming reissue of the Who's rock opera Tommy. The 1972 performance, featuring the 104-piece London Symphony Orchestra, sees the former Beatle in the role of Uncle Ernie adding vocals on "Tommy's Holiday Camp."

The rock opera's cast also features Pete Townshend as the narrator, Roger Daltrey as Tommy and John Entwistle as Cousin Kevin, along with, Rod Stewart as a local lad, and Steve Winwood as the father, among others.

Listen an exclusive preview from the upcoming reissue of the Who‘s early ’70s update of Tommy with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir. And it features an intersection of two of rock’s greatest bands. The Who’s Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Pete Townshend appeared on the original orchestral remake of the album, which was produced by Lou Reizner in 1972 but has been out of print for three decades. 

The LP’s special guests included Ringo, the featured vocalist on the exclusive preview of “Tommy’s Holiday Camp.” Elsewhere, this Grammy award-winning project includes guest turns by Rod Stewart (his take on “Pinball Wizard” remains a highlight), Steve Winwood, Richie Havens and others. You can listen to “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” below. 

  • Tommy with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir. 



"I always saw the Who's version of Tommy as more of a sketch and felt there was more that could be done with it. The London Symphony project, I think, paved the way for more to come," Townshend says of the full orchestra version of the record.
Tommy, the remastered version, out of print since 1972, lands on CD, vinyl and digital download September 11.

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