There’s a new production of “Tommy” opening in England this month, and Pete Townshend wrote a brand new song for it.
It’s called “Acid Queen 2”, and Pete was inspired to write it after he heard the production would feature actors with disabilities. He says, quote, “This is a totally new adventure, and [it] really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can FEEL music. I can’t wait to see it.”
Peter Straker is playing the Acid Queen, and he says, quote, “She is a shaman-like character, a very powerful figure. But in Act Two she hasn’t healed Tommy and the song deals with how you deal with fame when it’s faded.”