Roger Daltrey, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and founder of the iconic rock band The Who, returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for two nights with special guest Leslie Mendelson on Wednesday, March 7 and Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
Daltrey will be joined on stage by current Who band members Simon Townshend, Jon Button, Scott Devours, Loren Gold and Frank Simes.
If any one member of The Who can be said to be the group’s founding member it is singer Roger Daltrey, who first assembled the group that would become The Who in 1959 while at Acton County School, recruiting John Entwistle and subsequently agreeing to John’s proposal that Pete Townshend should join. In those days Daltrey, whose daytime job was in a sheet metal factory, even made the band’s guitars, and it was his energy and ambition that drove the group during their formative years. That same energy, coupled with his unwavering resolve, has sustained the group during periods of uncertainty ever since.
Daltrey has also cultivated a singing career outside of The Who, beginning in 1973 when he found himself on the BBC’s “Top Of The Pops,” the UK’s then premier chart TV show, promoting the single “Giving It All Away” which reached No. 5 in the UK charts. It was a track from his first solo album “Daltrey,” released that same year, which he followed up with the albums “Ride A Rock Horse” (1975), “One Of The Boys” (1977), the soundtrack to “McVicar” (1980) and “After The Fire” (1985).
As a member of The Who, who were already members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Daltrey was inducted in 2005 into the UK Music Hall of Fame. In December 2008, he and Townshend were honored with America’s most prestigious cultural award as recipients of the 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C. by then-President of the United States, George W. Bush.
Daltrey has performed all over the world including the legendary Super Bowl in 2010 and closing the Olympics in 2012. The Who continued their charity work by playing a concert in January 2011 to raise money for trials of a new cancer treatment called PDT. Then in December 2012 they played at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit in New York and in January 2014 they played a set to support the Stand Up To Cancer Charity. In November 2012 Daltrey, with Townshend at his side, launched Teen Cancer America. The charity is now established in the USA, with offices in Los Angeles and devoted Teen Cancer units being opened in hospitals all over the U.S.
Leslie Mendelson returns with “Love & Murder”—the singer-songwriter’s first new album in eight years. A stirring work imbued with emotional depth and poise, the effort is the long-awaited follow up to her Grammy Award-nominated debut, “Swan Feathers.” It’s an apropos title, reflecting the dichotomy between the dark and light she encountered in those years between.
Tickets start at $49.50 (plus applicable service fees) and go on sale Friday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at www.axs.com. For VIP ticket packages including premium seating options, please contact [email protected]. For groups of 12 or more, please call 702.693.4017 or contact [email protected].