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Roger Daltrey Proud To Connect The Generations At Who Shows

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Roger Daltrey says that the current Who tour, which hits North America in a couple of weeks, is a bittersweet experience for the lifelong road warrior. Daltrey, who has battled vocal issues over the past decade, told Rolling Stone, “My vocal cords are better now than they’ve ever been! I’m actually enjoying playing. There’s something about looking down the end of a telescope and seeing a potential end. It brings me more joy when I sing the songs because it might be the last time. I’ve always tried to sing as though I’m singing a song for the first time, now I sing it as though I’m singing the song for what might be the last time.”

Both he and Pete Townshend have decided that the 50th anniversary trek will be their final major tour. When asked if facing the end of the road is emotional for him, Daltrey spoke frankly: “It is. It’s just great to see an audience that goes from the grandchildren to the children of our original fans, with our original fans. It’s just great to see that kind of audience at a rock show. When we started, it was all teenagers or people in their early twenties. Now you get eight-year-olds with eighty-year-olds. I’m proud of that. We’ve always believed that music could unite people, but that demographic at a show was unheard of 50 years ago.”

Daltrey mentioned that Townshend is keen on the pair recording another Who album: “He’s just talking about it. I’ve heard a couple of tracks, which are great. There are loads of things we can do in the future, but we can’t keep doing this sort of tour. This bit of our career is closed, but maybe two more doors open up. Pete is an incredibly vibrant musician. I could see us playing acoustically in some ways.”

Roger Daltrey says that although America has always rabidly supported the Who’s concert tours, at times their acceptance of their albums has seemed a bit hit or miss: “I didn’t ever think Tommy would do it, but when Tommy became as successful as it was — y’know after Tommy we had Live At Leeds which again was an enormous success, quite instantly. But then we started doing things like Who’s Next and Quadrophenia — they weren’t instant successes in America. It was quite extraordinary. Who’s Next never ever got to Number One in the charts, didn’t stay there very long initially. But look at it — it’s out most enduring album now. ‘Been a kind of weird relationship.”

September 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
September 23 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
September 25 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
September 27 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena At Seattle Center
September 29 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
October 1 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
October 3 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
October 6 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Sports Centre
October 8 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
October 10 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
October 13 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
October 15 – Chicago, IL – United Center
October 17 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
October 19, 21 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
October 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
October 25 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
October 27 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
October 29 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
November 11 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

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