Roger Daltrey has claimed that one of the demos Pete Townshend sent him while they were working on The Who‘s new album included rapping, with the guitarist suggesting that Daltrey could perform the part on record.
The Who’s Pete Townshend doesn’t mind artists resting on their laurels, but he’s excited to be “firing on all cylinders” between releasing music and going on tour. Watch this new video from SiriusXM:
In an interview with Rolling Stone on Monday (November 25), the singer explained that he was less than impressed with the version of ‘All This Music Must Fade’ that Townshend had sent him. “I hated [the song]at first,” he explained.
To celebrate the release of their new album, WHO, The Who have announced they will play their smallest live show in over 40 years! The date is set to mark 50 years to the day of their historic Live At Leeds show, February 14, 2020. This is a never to be repeated intimate acoustic show.
“On the demo, he had some rapping on it,” Daltrey added. “Well, no fucking way I’m going to rap. No way. Let the youngsters wear those clothes.” Listen to the track below, which includes the line, “I don’t care, I know you’re gonna hate this song” – but no rapping.
The show will take place on February 14 at Pryzm, located at 154 Clarence Street in Kingston Upon Thames, England. Further details and tickets here.
2020 US dates:
21 – Hard Rock Live – Hollywood, FL
23 – BB&T Arena Northern Kentucky University – Highland Heights, KY
27 – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX (Rescheduled)
30 – Toyota Center – Houston, TX (Rescheduled)
2 – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO (Rescheduled)
5 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
7 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
9 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
12 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
14 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
16 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
Pete Townshend Apologizes on Keith Moon and John Entwistle Dead – The interview caused controversy for other reasons when, asked about his late bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle, Townshend replied: “It’s not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone.”
Pete Townshend has taken to Facebook to quell a firestorm of criticism that erupted when he told Rolling Stone writer Stephen Rodrick that he “thanks God” that Keith Moon and John Entwistle are no longer around. (Rolling Stone)
“They were fucking difficult to play with,” Townshend said. “They never, ever managed to create bands for themselves. I think my musical discipline, my musical efficiency as a rhythm player, held the band together.”
Understandably, the comments generated headlines all across the globe and stunned many people. “I understand that a lot of long-time Who fans will be hurt by the way it comes across as a headline,” Townshend wrote on Facebook. “I only hope that they know me well enough that I tell the truth as much as I can, but I also tell both sides and the upside is missing in the headlines.”
While not artful, he says that the comments merely reflected the frustrations he felt while attempting to perform music with such gifted, idiosyncratic musicians. “No one can ever know how much I miss Keith and John, as people, as friends and as musicians,” he wrote. “The alchemy we used to share in the studio is missing from the new album, and it always feels wrong to try to summon it up without them, but I suppose we will always be tempted to try. To this day I am angry at Keith and John for dying. Sometimes it shows. It’s selfish, but it’s how I feel.”