(LENOX, Mass.) – Classic rockers Roger Daltrey, Steve Miller, and Peter Frampton have been added to Tanglewood’s summer lineup of popular artists, which already includes Stephen Stills and Judy Collins (6/17), Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (6/29), James Taylor (7/3 & 4), and Steve Martin and Martin Short (9/2).
Following in the wake of his Who bandmate Pete Townshend’s performance of “Quadrophenia” last summer, Daltrey will perform the Who’s iconic rock opera, “Tommy,” with the Boston Pops on Friday, June 15, at 8pm. In addition to the title track, “Tommy” is known for such rock classics as “Pinball Wizard,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “The Acid Queen,” and “See Me, Feel Me.”
The Steve Miller Band has been a perennial summer shed touring act for decades – since the circuit began. 1970s guitar legend and hitmaker Peter Frampton will warm up the crowd for Miller – whose hits include “Fly Like an Eagle,” “The Joker,” and “Jet Airliner” – for the show on Monday, July 2. Frampton owned the pop charts in 1976, when his double live album “Frampton Comes Alive!” shocked even him by becoming the top album of the year, spawning hits including “Show Me the Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” and “Baby, I Love Your Way.” Frampton typically sticks around to jam with Miller at some point during the latter’s set.
In addition, contemporary pop singer Andy Grammer, known for his 2011 hit “Keep Your Head Up” and 2014’s “Honey, I’m Good,” will perform on Friday, June 22.
By the time they perform this summer, Daltrey will be 74; Miller, 74; and Frampton, 68. Stephen Stills will be 73; Judy Collins will be 79; James Taylor will be 70; Steve Martin, 72; and Bela Fleck a relative spring chicken at 60. The average age of these performers collectively is 71; not counting young Fleck, it goes up to 73.
The 2018 Tanglewood Season, June 15-September 2, is dedicated to the spirit of Leonard Bernstein on the centennial of his birth, with programs celebrating his iconic stature as one of the great artistic figures of the 20th century and his immeasurable contribution to the Tanglewood festival from 1940 to 1990.
As the culmination of a year-long worldwide celebration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the 2018 Tanglewood season, entitled Bernstein Centennial Summer-Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood!, will pay tribute to Bernstein’s legacy as a consummate artistic figure of the 20th century and his incomparable contribution to the Tanglewood festival from 1940 to 1990.
As one of the places most closely associated with Leonard Bernstein, Tanglewood, June 15-September 2, will honor this towering musical figure with concerts showcasing his singular contributions as a multifaceted composer for orchestra, Broadway, and film; a brilliant programmer and conductor of the world’s great orchestras; and an innovative and provocative educator through his widely popular Young People’s Concerts and lectures.
Bernstein’s close relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra spanned a half-century, from the time he became a protégé of legendary BSO conductor and Tanglewood founder Serge Koussevitzky as a member of the first Tanglewood Music Center class in 1940, until the final concerts he ever conducted with the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1990.