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Singer Roger Daltrey has said he feared he would “not make it” as he Pete ( Townshend) took a look and what he did with the songs blew me. The Who, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon miraculous growth in the internal relationships of the Who members to one another.” .. In New York, a good friend of mine gave me some advice. They are very different people, Daltrey is or was a tough, hard, working class lad, who liked to fight and was a formidable fighter. Townsend was and still is an.
What it may have done is opened the doors, but it may have done the same with their expectations. I feel that all the royals, the whole generation of pop as I was sort of growing through my mid teens, who were growling in that popularity, but still wanting to become more and more famous. I was 9-years-old, when Tommy came out. I just sort of grew up alongside it. I was in my 20s doing my first album, and Pete actually produced for me.
For the new album, Denial, do you know where you are wanting to go once you get into the studio? How do you approach the studio now? I normally do demos of my songs before I take them into bigger studio. I normally have an outline, sketch or some kind.
A quick recording on a mini-recorder or phone, or proper demos made just before. Sometimes you get inspired you write or you sometimes could create live performances or tracks to use as an outline track to play live. If I could, I go into the studio with a drummer and bass player and just kept stuff. Then you start with basics tunes in the studio. All of your work is really all of you.
Less of me in songs with people. You go into those stories and happenings of real people in Denial.
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They are about people that are in your life. Do you have to go to those people and ask permission before putting their story on the album?
On your CD cover, you acknowledged a family member named Grace. I suppose I did in some respect, but I spoke to my son, Ben. I played him in a solo and I called him up that I played him in an album. Most of the same person experiences, more applied to me. But the ones about other people you would try to make it clear before it gets out to the public. That has to be the best of both worlds — you get to hang with your family, play a stadium show, and your own show at the same city.
Yeah, I love to play in a club. It is very nice, the best of both worlds. Roger is expecting to deliver being Roger night after night. Punk had shaken everything, but what followed was computers and Linn drums and Heaven 17 and Scritti Politti.
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Interesting music, but quite manufactured and complex, and much less of the blood. I felt that my role in that world was over. And I would get these regular visits from Roger saying, "I want to do this, I want to do that," and I would say, "Listen, it's over.
Watching him pretending to be who he was I had very little sympathy for him. I thought he should really go back and be a builder. A woman said to me the other day, "But he couldn't let it go. John Entwistle was very resentful as well. What happened with John was that he'd got used to living high, and his money supply was cut off.
In the end, when Roger came to me and said, "Listen we've got to help John, let's try to train him to live less high," and we couldn't do that. And as we trained him to live less high, he died.
He didn't want to live less high. He preferred to be dead, in a sense.
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I didn't want to be so disdainful or so intellectual or so arrogant. I didn't want to be doing interviews with people saying [moany voice] "What's it like being old, and you said you wanted to die before you got old.
I drifted into drugs immediately after Keith's death in ByI was fairly full-blown. It's certainly not a period I regret - I had quite a wonderful time. The only thing I regret is that the dabbling with drugs meant that I stopped drinking. I was a very, very functional drinker. I used to love alcohol. I didn't love being drunk, but I loved drinking. Drifting into cocaine, because everyone else in the world was doing it except me, and then finding that all that really did was increase the amount that I drank - I think that did create what toppled me physically.
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My real descent into extreme narcotics like heroin was a bit like that Pete Doherty thing that he's elongated into a life story now. I was trying to stop drinking, thinking, "Well, if I stop drinking I can use this, and if I use this then I can use that, and that's prescribed, and that's not prescribed I completely understand, I just understand.
In effect he has been working on it since the mid-Sixties, dutifully keeping old receipts and correspondence and many photographs in the hope that they would one day become revealing.
And so they are. Townshend mentions one photo in particular by his friend Colin Jones, an iconic image of the Who posed in front of a Union flag at the time of 'My Generation'. Townshend is in the front in a Union Jack blazer.
You can see if you look at it that I'm crying, because Chris Stamp [the band's co-manager] and Colin Jones were making me ugly rather than beautiful, and taking my worst feature, which I now regard as my best feature, and exaggerating it. It is called Pete Townshend: He says he is blessed with a good memory, but he found a peculiar gap.
Townshend was born in Maya few days after VE Day.
His mother was keen to celebrate victory by singing with his father, a saxophonist in the RAF dance band the Squadronaires, and she would follow him around the world. His grandmother lived in Westgate, on the Kent coast. And though it was shocking, it was the making of me as an artist. We're worse than the Germans, worse than the fascists. There's all this echoing damage going on. I began talking to people, and found that, almost universally, people who had been evacuated had been unbelievably traumatised.
But they had been refused the option of any mention of the trauma. Because what had actually happened was victory, peace, 'you're lucky'. I believe that when rock'n'roll came along, it had to happen. It sounds pretentious, and I never set out do it, but Tommy was an allegory of the postwar British condition. And two, this is gross hypocrisy that I'm obviously going to be sacrificed. So for a moment I thought there's just no point trying to continue.
Luckily, Rachel [the musician Rachel Fuller, his partner since ] was next to me when I read the paper. I turned to her and said, "Fuck, this is the end," and she said "No, it isn't.
Let's go and make a few phone calls But my first fear was that I was going to be framed. On the basis of the evidence and my immediate admission - I coughed up straightaway that I had used a credit card to access a website, as part of research - it would be then assumed, "Ah, we've got your number," and they would then feel inclined to frame me.
And when there was no evidence found, it was all over. Despite his admission of misjudgment, and the fact that he was never charged, such associations are hard to shake off. God, the arrogance of me! I looked at myself and I thought, "Fucking hell, Pete, what did you think was going to happen?
I put these words in: The conceit of me!
I was thinking, "I'm going to be the one to stop this Pete, it's Photoshop, it's not even real. My lawyers and I decided that I shouldn't speak. So Roger spoke for me, and he was such a powerful voice. I remember Bill Nighy saying to me, "Fucking hell, everyone could use a friend like that. My marriage to my wife has not survived, and my marriage to Roger has survived, and it might be that only one of them could. I think you can only do one thing.
I remember saying to [my wife] Karen, "I was a pop star when you met me," as though that would expiate the problem. The problem for her wasn't me going away [on tour]. She often used to say to me, "Goodbye, don't come back, just send a cheque When I started to bring the ravages of my work home with me, it became harder and harder. She would go to me, "But it was great playing, was it? He is still not divorced complex property issuesbut he is contemplating the matter again now that their third child is He says that Rachel Fuller would like him to be divorced, and when I ask whether he plans to have children with her she is considerably younger than himhe says they haven't talked about it.
He also owns a Ferrari, but he gets a lot less hassle in the Lupo. On the way, he mentions the paucity of rehearsal time before the American tour, and the recent American anti-terrorism law that prohibits live webcasting.
As he pulls up at the station he turns his face into the car, away from a pedestrian who has just begun to recognise him from his youth. A week later, Roger Daltrey picks me up at Stonegate station in East Sussex in a new black Mercedes, and as he drives the short distance to his acre estate he talks of how proud he is of Pete and the new album, and what a terrible time it is to be a farmer.
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Wealthy rock musicians are traditionally assumed to inhabit baronial mansions, and Daltrey really does. The conversation drifts to the coverage of rock music on television 'The sound's got better, but the visuals have got fucking awful! All that swooping, whooping All the things that Live8 was about in Africa, we did the same thing in Hyde Park - "them and us" with the Golden Circle [the privileged-access area at the front]. By the time we went on, the Golden Circle was exhausted, paralytic and asleep, and the real crowd at the back were going bananas'.
At 62, Daltrey is stocky and exuberant. His golden locks have long been supplanted by a light brown crop. He says he is 'absolutely blind' without his blue-tinted granny glasses; he has considered laser treatment, but is frightened of error.
He thinks he may have lost a few top notes over the years, but he is pleased how well his voice held up while recording the new material.
Not that he ever thought there would be new material. I thought, "Pete's got to let go of the Who.