Roger Daltrey

7 p.m. Saturday, October 8. $53 to $123, Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market Street.

The thing about Tommy is, if you explain it, it sounds daft. A boy witnesses an event that causes a psychosomatic severing of his faculties and becomes a human alloy of the three wise monkeys. He's subsequently molested, treated by witch doctors wielding hallucinogens and cured by a broken mirror. Suddenly, he can see/hear/feel you, thus becoming a messiah and poon magnet. Dumb, right? But, bolstered by some of the greatest songs ever written ("Pinball Wizard," "I'm Free") this deranged fairy tale comes to the Peabody with multiple happy endings: The rock opera will be played in full. "Baba O'Riley" will most definitely be in the encore. Oh, and: Roger Daltrey will be there.

We're With You, But: Shouts for "Quadrophenia!" will result in a swift (mental) ass-kicking.

 
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Blake Smith
Blake Smith

Diana, you complete buffoon. Tommy was traumatized by the death of his mother's lover, after Tommy's father returned from WWII to find them both. He was told that he didn't hear or see anything. This represents the mood of England after the demise of the British Empire. From there the songs represent the experiences of a 'typical' English boy in this post-war era.

Clearly, you have neither the interest nor the inclination to research the events you purport to cover. It's sad, really. The Riverfront TImes deserves better.

Denise
Denise

I believe that you have it wrong Blake. Tommy was traumatized by the death of his father. His mother's boyfriend hit him over the head with a bottle when he walked into the room.

 
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