Roger Daltrey Eyeing First Solo Album In Over Two Decades
Roger Daltrey is eying his first solo album in over 20 years. Daltrey, who wrapped the Who's 2012-203 Quadrophenia & More Tour last month, and recently played his only public solo gig of the summer in Costa Mesa, California at the OC Fair. He told Rolling Stone that his first solo set since 1992's Rocks In The Head might no be far off, explaining, "I'm looking at doing a solo album, mainly because 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. I go out and do corporate gigs. I keep a band together and they pay the wages, so I would like to do an album."
He went on to say: "It's finding songs, because whatever I do the songs will be criticized unless they've got the Who's meat and potatoes, because I've sung (Pete) Townshend (songs) all those years. 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 spoke about other quality writers he particularly admires: "(Bob) Dylan songs don't ever go away. Tom Waits, it's just class, and (Bruce) Springsteen. Good songs are really class. I find talking about music boring, I always have. It's something I want to be doing, not talking about."
We asked Roger Daltrey if as his solo dates progress, he'll be switching the setlists up regularly: "It will be as we go on. I mean, this show's going to evolve as we go along. 'Cause I don't know what people expect, there's only so much time in the show. I'm not doing any three-hour marathons -- I've saved that for the Who. I don't need to wear myself out, that's for sure."
Hardcore Who fans have been upset at Daltrey for mainly ignoring the bulk of his solo catalogue -- especially tracks off his critically acclaimed 1973 solo debut, Daltrey. We asked him if Daltrey was also his favorite: "It is really -- and the second one, Ride A Rock Horse. I had a purpose with them. I had friends who were songwriters and I was hearing stuff and they couldn't get their. . . Leo Sayer couldn't get a record deal. And he wrote me that album and the rest is history. He turned into a different artist than I thought he would. He turned into much more of a pop artist than I thought that he would, 'cause his music is so original. And I just thought, 'If I record their songs, people notice them.'"'
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