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Interview:
Orchestra Who show singer CAN explain how he does it
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Brody Dolyniuk is the singer for two of the California-based Windstar group's orchestra rock shows -- Queen and the Who.

Not surprisingly, there's a big difference between them.

"There's a completely different approach to the vocal stylings of the two," says Dolyniuk, 42, who joined the Windborne Music consortium in 2010, after leading his own classic rock band, Yellow Brick Road, in Las Vegas. "There are moments where they're both kind of in the gritty range, but (the Who's) Roger Daltrey is kind of a muscley guy all the way through. You've got to go backstage and grind up some fiberglass and chew on it for awhile.

"It's just blood and guts all the way, definitely a strenuous vocal style. There's a lot of screaming and yet there's a lot of melody and a lot of dynamic to his voice. I really enjoy doing it."

"The Music of the Who: A Rock Symphony" lets Dolyniuk take on classics such as "Love, Reign o'er Me," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and the closing medley from the rock opera "Tommy," as well as surprise "deep cut" inclusions such as "Bargain." But he contends that he's trying to be himself, not Daltrey (or Queen's Freddie Mercury) when he sings this material.

"I'm not out there to do an impression, per se," he explains, "but I am trying to approximate their voices. People are there to hear the songs they know, not guess at what they are. So that's how I approach it."

The Music of the Who: A Rock Symphony takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $76 and $60.50, pavilion only. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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