The Who's Roger Daltrey for North American tour

He heads out on 'Use It Or Lose It' tour in October

The Who's Roger Daltrey onstage at Oxegen 2006. Pic: Guy Eppel
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey has scheduled a solo tour of North America, kicking off on October 10 in Vancouver.

The outing is Daltrey’s first solo jaunt since 1985, and steers clear of the huge venues The Who usually frequent.

"I thought it'd be nice to play smaller, more intimate venues," Daltrey said in a statement. "I look forward to getting back to that. I want to give people a good night out. The economic situation being what it is these days, I think that's what they want: to go out and feel they've had a good jolly-up."

Daltrey will be joined onstage by longtime collaborator, guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, brother of The Who mainman Pete Townshend.

Also joining him will be guitarist/musical director Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devours.

Daltrey plans to perform "his version" of Who songs, some covers, plus solo material, some of which he has never before performed live.

The dates are:

Vancouver, British Columbia Commodore Ballroom (October 10)
Seattle, WA Showbox SoDO (12)
Highland, CA San Manuel Indian Casino (15)
Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre (17)
San Diego, CA Humphrey's (18)
Denver, CO Paramount Theatre (20)
Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino (22)
Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Café (24)
Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre (25)
Durham, NC Durham PAC (28)
Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (30)
Elizabeth, IN Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino (31)
Chicago, IL House of Blues (November 2)
Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland (3)
Orillia, Ontario Casino Rama Entertainment Centre (5)
Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods (7)
Boston, MA House of Blues (8)
Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House (10)
Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre (11)
Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Music Box (13, 14)
Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre (17)
Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall Theatre (18)
New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square (20)
N Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum, PAC (24)
Buena Vista, FL House of Blues (25)
Ft. Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall (27)
Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock (29)
Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall (30)

--By our New York staff.
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