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Roger Daltrey Cites John Entwistle’s Death As Ultimate Shock

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As Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend prep for what will likely be their final large scale North American tour as the Who, Daltrey looks back to the ups and downs of his life with the band. The Who frontman told London’s The Express, “Of course I’m very aware I’ve had a life of immense privilege. It’s the best thing in the world, being on stage doing what you love, there’s nothing better. It’s difficult to pinpoint a career highlight because I just love the thrill of performing.”

When asked about the lowest point of the Who’s 50 year career, Daltrey touched upon his fallen bandmates: “Losing Keith (Moon), and John (Entwistle) of course. In fact sometimes I think John was more of a shock than Keith because I kind of expected Keith to die. He used up all his nine lives and I wish we could have saved him. I think if it had been now and he had the same problems we would have at least had a chance, but we were young and ignorant.”

He went on to say, “John was in some ways more of a shock and we’d gone on in life much longer so the relationship becomes that much deeper. One day he was there, and it was ‘see you tomorrow John’ and then, boom, gone.”

Pete Townshend told us that Entwistle’s death in 2002 ended up giving clarity to his and Roger Daltrey’s relationship:

“When John died, it polarized us. But it also, it made the relationship between Roger and I much clearer. It just meant (that) I’m the writer, Roger’s the singer — whatever you call it, whether it’s ‘The Who’ or not, we’ve always had that.”

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