ARIA Award-winning, acclaimed Australian rock band You Am I will pay homage to one of their greatest influences, The Who, as they play their legendary album Tommy, as well as a set of Who classics, live across the country this July and August. They will be fronted by two of Australia’s most accomplished female rock voices, Hayley Mary and Sarah McLeod, who will share vocals with Tim Rogers to bring the songs to life.
Tommy is the fourth studio longplayer from English rock band The Who, a double album released in May 1969. It was largely composed by the band’s guitarist Pete Townshend, and is presented as a rock opera telling the story of Tommy Walker.
You Am I front man Tim Rogers enthuses, "A preposterous proposition of pomp power n pithiness to be performed by our popgroup with pals. We promise to plunder deep and perform in full plumage with no panache, just passions. Prost!"
Hayley Mary explains, “I’m so excited to perform one of rock’s most influential albums, by one of the world’s most revered bands, with some of Australia’s finest musicians! ‘Tommy’ is like ‘A Clockwork Orange’ meets ‘Almost Famous’ in album form; a dark eccentric and cutting critique of fatherlessness and fame and that rings truer now than ever. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the disturbing themes and help bring some of these colourful characters to life across the country.”
Sarah McLeod is equally excited, saying, “I have always loved You Am I, they are a killer band with such swagger, I’ve always wanted to play with them. We’ve talked about all sorts of collaborations for years but playing Tommy in its entirety takes the cake, this is going to be so epic!”