Roger Daltrey Recalls Keith Moon Being 'Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde'
Roger Daltrey is busier than ever as the Who gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary. His new album, Going Back Home, which will be released in the States on Tuesday (April 8th), is already near the top of the UK charts and marks his first full-on solo project in 22 years. The album, which is a collaboration with guitarist Wilko Johnson of Dr. Feelgood fame, features reworkings of Johnson’s songs throughout the years. Johnson is suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, and Daltrey has donated his proceeds from the album to Britain’s Teenage Cancer Trust.
Daltrey spoke about the Who's 50th to VH1.com and recalled his fallen bandmates -- drummer Keith Moon, who died in 1978 and John Entwistle, who passed in 2002. When asked about what life was really like with the iconic drummer, Daltrey explained, "You know, it depends which Keith Moon you had. If you had the sober Keith Moon, he was totally different. The sober Keith Moon was very, very well-read, but unfortunately the sober Keith Moon was incredibly boring -- which he wasn’t by the way, but he just thought that. So then he would turn into the drunk Keith Moon, which would be very funny for the first three or four hours. And then slowly descend into becoming Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It became quite nasty. So it was a roller coaster to say the least."
When remembering John Entwistle, Daltrey recalled: "I think John always felt kind of overshadowed by the other three in the band -- by Pete (Townshend), myself -- because we were the flamboyant ones out in the front. So he used to kind of make up for that in other ways. He really did live the archetypal 'rock star lifestyle.' He would have a limo that was twice as big as everybody else’s. You know, everything he had was flash and gaudy. He was a very, very quirky man indeed. But a genius bass player."
Roger Daltrey told us that these days, due to his aging vocal cords, he's learned to properly pace himself within his live performances: "We can only play for two hours. Y'know it gets to be, for me personally and my voice, two hours is enough singing the way I sing. It's not an easy number these songs. They're very, very challenging. They demand the kind of energy that the voice needs to give it."
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