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The Who to Celebrate Release of "Tommy" Deluxe Editions by Screening Rare Live Performance Online

Image courtesy of TheWho.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of TheWho.com (via ABC News Radio)

In conjunction with this Monday's release of the new expanded editions of The Who 's 1969 rock opera, Tommy , the band is offering a special online treat to fans.  Starting at 6 a.m. ET Monday, a screening of one of the earliest known recordings of the band performing the entire album in concert will be hosted by The Who's Facebook page.

In order to access the screening, you must RSVP for the event by submitting your email address at Facebook.com/TheWho .  The concert took place in 1969 at the Coliseum either in London or Toronto -- sorry, details are sketchy.

The Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy is a four-disc set featuring a newly remastered version of the original album, a CD made up mostly of unreleased demos recorded by The Who's Pete Townshend , a "live bootleg" CD that includes a 1969 performance of Tommy that the band gave in Ottawa, Canada, and a state-of-the-art Blu-ray disc boasting a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the album.

Several other versions of the remastered Tommy also will be available, including a standard single CD; a two-CD Deluxe Edition featuring the original album and the live disc; a double-LP vinyl set; a standalone Blu-ray Audio disc; and a number of digital versions.

Billboard.com is giving a free preview of the album by streaming a live version of Tommy 's opening track, "Overture," from the aforementioned Ottawa show.

Recalling the first time his band ever played Tommy in concert, singer Roger Daltrey tells Billboard , "The reaction was extraordinary because we wouldn't let people clap for every individual song.  That was like keeping the cork in the champagne bottle when you shook it up.  So people sat down on the floor and listened, and by the end, when it came to 'See Me, Feel Me' and 'Listening to You,' they all just went nuts, completely crazy."

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