Roger Daltrey Wants To Record As Much As Possible In The Coming Years
Roger Daltrey's recent collaboration with terminally ill former-Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has made him think long and hard about his own legacy. Next month Daltrey will release his first non-Who-related album in over 20 years when he and Johnson issue their first collaboration, called Going Home. Daltrey admits that Johnson's battle with cancer has influenced the direction he wants his career to take, telling, EveningTimes.co.uk, "I want to do as many records now in this last bit of my life, even if I just get them into the can, in as many styles, because there's a huge amount of my voice that people haven't heard. I mean I used to sing Howlin' Wolf in 1963 and Johnny Cash in 1963 and Roy Orbison in 1963. You can't get more different sounds. Those bits of my voice the public have never heard."
Daltrey and Johnson have a single show booked later this month at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, but Daltrey remains realistic about any future plans between him and Johnson: "We've got a show planned for the 25th of February but you've got to understand that, at the moment, this thing inside of him is as big as a grapefruit and getting bigger every day. . . Both him and I are very philosophical about death. We sadly live in a society that is in denial of it. It doesn't frighten me at all."
Roger Daltrey has been among the rare rock icons that feels musicians should continue to record and perform age appropriate music. Daltrey recently toldTheWho.com, that rock should serve its audience from their teen years right up through the very end: "I would like that. I think it's important to do that. I think music should be a life's journey. And if it's true, if we have been positive and helped people living, maybe we now have to be positive and help them in the dying -- and I think music can do that. And I think that's a good enough reason to keep doing it. Show 'em how to die."
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