9 Oct 2009
ROGER DALTREY TELLS IT LIKE IT IS
To rise above the roaring din of The Who for the last 45 years, Roger Daltrey has had to summon every bit of strength from a voice that seems ageless, writes Peter Lindblad of Goldmine.
Daltrey has fought to be heard over Pete Townshend’s loud, explosive guitars, and before they died, he did battle with John Entwistle’s bass and Keith Moon’s crashing drums, too. Nobody but Daltrey could have raged against such a mighty racket and come out on top.
But there have been moments when Daltrey has sung with much less bravado. His first solo album, 1973’s Daltrey, allowed a more thoughtful, less bombastic side to emerge. And he continued to explore other facets of his vocals on 1975’s Ride A Rock Horse.
Now, Daltrey is once again ready to showcase the multi-dimensional vocalist he’s always been in a fall solo tour, dubbed the “Use It Or Lose It” tour, that will find him performing a mix of Who songs, covers and solo material in 30 shows at smaller venues than he’s used to playing. It starts Oct. 10 in Vancouver. For more information, visit the home page of WWW.THEWHO.COM.
Daltrey will be backed by longtime collaborator, guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, and American musicians like guitarist/musical director Frank Simes, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Scott Devours.
In this interview, Daltrey shares his thoughts on the tour and his often-overlooked solo career. To read the full interview in ‘Goldmine’, CLICK HERE .