Roger Daltrey Clarifies the Who Retirement Comments

artist: The Who date: 10/30/2013 category: music news
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Roger Daltrey Clarifies the Who Retirement Comments
In a new interview with Billboard (via Hennemusic), the Who frontman Roger Daltrey has clarified Pete Townshend's comments that the band would be winding down in 2015. As Daltrey notes, he and Townshend are aware that they have to be realistic about their age: "I think you have to clarify what he said, and what we mean is we cannot keep going on doing these month-after-month, long, extended tours. It's extremely hard, hard work, just the grind of it. So we have to be realistic. The band got better reviews on our last tour (the 2012-13 "Quadrophenia & More" trek) than we had for years. It was incredibly enjoyable. It was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age." However, the band will not call it a day completely, and will instead focus on a different way of playing shows: "But it's not going to be the last thing the Who will do," continued Daltrey. "We're going to be doing events. We're going to be doing shows. We might do other things, more experimental. We might decide to do something in a theater, some small production where we sit down for two or three weeks in one town; that could be managed 'cause we're not schlepping our bodies from city to city. The joy of the stage is wonderful, but the traveling every day is exhausting."
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