Happy Birthday to Who frontman, Roger Daltrey, who turns 70-years-old today (March 1st). On April 8th, Daltrey will release his first non-Who related solo album in 22 years, with Going Back Home, his joint album with former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson in which they revisit Johnson's back catalogue. The pair struck up a friendship back in 2010 -- prior to Johnson's January 2013 diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer. Daltrey is donating his proceeds from the album to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Over the past five years, Daltrey has reignited his solo live career performing the Who's Tommy along with assorted Who and solo classics. The Who's recent Quadrophenia & More Tour, caught Daltrey singing better than ever after undergoing throat surgery in recent years.
Daltrey's tour-de-force lead vocal on Quadrophenia's finale "Love Reign O'er Me" is one of dozens of examples of him taking a Pete Townshend song and completely reinventing it as his own: "That's what I used to try and do is to leave people with a mood in a note, and a passion in the song. That in somehow or the other, either went against the lyric, or took the lyric to somewhere where you didn't think. . . It's like 'Love Reign O'er Me' for instance. Pete never, ever saw that as a loud screaming plea, the way I sang it. He saw it as a quiet song -- which obviously you can do. In the terms of the way Quadrophenia was, I saw it as that scream of desperation from the street. He didn't like it. He didn't like what I did with it (laughs) probably still doesn't!"
The Who will return to North America in the spring of 2015 in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. The trek will mark the band's final major arena tour.
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