Roger Daltrey Going Solo Again?
Instead of waiting for Pete Townshend to decide The Who’s recording plans, Roger Daltrey says he may do one of his own. “I want to keep singing and I don’t want to keep going out and doing Who songs, though that’s what people want at the shows I do… If I can get the songs, I’ll do something. I’ve got an idea that I’m working with. As for The Who, you never know. Pete’s the kind of guy who could suddenly write a load of songs and he’ll say, ‘Let’s go in and record them.’ And then there’ll be another album. The last one’s, what, ’82 to 2005 – 23 years. I haven’t got 23 years now, but you never know.”
Daltrey performs tomorrow, Saturday, in Costa Mesa, California, filling in at a show that was booked for Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, who died in May. Daltrey has a corporate show in Las Vegas on Monday, so he turned the Costa Mesa gig into a benefit for his charity, Teen Cancer America. He says, “I’ve been doing solo shows for the last three years. A singer has to sing. The Who don’t do enough gigs for me. If I stop singing at the age I am now, my voice will be gone within two years. So I’ve got to keep it going. It’s like a car engine — you’ve got to keep running.”
Daltrey’s last solo studio album was 1992’s Rocks in the Head.