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Katie Jacoby, 2004 Independence alumna, to tour with legendary British rock band The Who

In a little over a decade, Katie Jacoby will have gone from performing “Baba O’Riley” in a Battle of the Bands at St. Mark’s High School to playing The Who’s legendary 1971 hit with two of the band’s three founding members on a massive, Live Nation-produced tour.

The British rockers, with an excess of 100 million albums sold worldwide, have inspired Jacoby since her earliest days of listening to music. So when the call came to join singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend on their 2019 “Moving On!” tour, the 2004 Independence alumna experienced an understandable reaction.

“The tour will feature The Who’s classic tunes fused with orchestral arrangements,” Jacoby said, “and I could not be more elated to be the concertmaster and featured soloist. It’s especially surreal because I was a massive fan of The Who when I was younger.” 

The violinist initially toured with Daltrey last summer on his solo orchestral trek, which saw the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee play The Who’s legendary 1969 rock opera, “Tommy,” in its entirety over 13 dates in 11 U.S. cities throughout the East, Southeast and Midwest. Jacoby performed a solo for “Baba O’Riley” every night during the show’s encore.

That led to the invite for the upcoming The Who tour, which will encompass two legs totaling 29 dates in 28 cities across the United States and Canada in the spring and fall. The outing will visit a combination of stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters, including Madison Square Garden in New York City, Fenway Park in Boston, the Hollywood Bowl and Philadelphia’s own home of the Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, on Saturday, May 25. Jacoby will also have the honor of showcasing her talent for upward of 100,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London on July 6.

Not lost on Jacoby, who now resides in New York City, is the support she has received from back home, including from those at her old grade school.

“I’m incredibly honored about being a part of the upcoming tour, and it was special to share the news with my family and friends from Delaware,” said Jacoby, who attended Independence from kindergarten through eighth grade. “I was really touched to receive congratulatory calls and emails from many of my former teachers at Independence. It’s so meaningful to me that folks in the Independence community are thrilled to share achievements and victories with former students, and I think that kind of enduring support speaks volumes about the people there.”

In addition to Daltrey and The Who, Katie has performed or toured with Foreigner, Blondie singer and 2006 Rock Hall inductee Debbie Harry, pop superstar Miley Cyrus, original KISS drummer and 2014 Rock Hall inductee Peter Criss, musician and producer Mark Ronson (“Uptown Funk”), the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many other industry notables.

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