"See me, feel me, touch me, heal me, listening to you, I get the music..." those words repeat through the refrain of the single from The Who's first rock opera Tommy and their legendary performance at Woodstock is a testament to their haunting and powerful stage presence.
Roger Daltrey feuded for years with Pete Townshend as he struggled to control his physical outbursts and wrestled with Townshend's material. Though he was comfortable in the small bars and clubs when The Who got bigger, Roger couldn't get comfortable on the larger stages until he found his confidence with Townshend's bigger and bolder direction and their performances on The Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Circus. Everything came together in a perfect marriage of the rival entities with Tommy. Daltrey began inhabiting the stage and acting out the titular character on stage; opening himself up to the audience like he never had before. He became one of the most charismatic performers in Rock and Townshend once remarked that Daltrey "...almost invented the pseudo-messianic role taken up later by Jim Morrison and Robert Plant."
The Who made rock and roll larger than life. Daltrey's signature mic-swinging and dynamic performances and soulful voice, Keith Moon's insane drumming, and Townsend's expressive song-writing set them apart and positioned the band as rebels during the changing times of the 60s. Their operatic records turned them into arena headliners into the 70s and even after Moon's death the band powered on through the 80s.