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See him, feel him: Roger Daltrey presents “Tommy” at CMAC

It was an evening for heat and music Saturday at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Hopewell (and even a mountain, if you count the CMAC lawn), when a crowd of classic rock fans braved the heat advisory to hear The Who’s frontman Roger Daltrey present the band’s 1969 rock opera “Tommy.”

Daltrey’s powerful voice and microphone-twirling stage presence helped define the Who’s sound through multiple decades. He played the title role in the 1970s film version of the rock opera, which also featured Ann-Margret as his mother and Tina Turner as the Acid Queen.

While Daltrey’s last surviving original bandmate Pete Townshend — chief composer behind the tale of the “deaf, dumb, blind kid” disabled by trauma who learns to “play a mean pinball” and later becomes a messianic figure — wasn’t there, members of the Who Band and a symphony orchestra were on hand at CMAC to help flesh out and expand on the sound.

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