Roger Daltrey sat down with Billboard and discussed his plans for 2019. As of now he says he’s unsure if this year will include band-mate Pete Townshend, even though the two spent a lot of last year focusing on their respective solo endeavors, Daltrey also told Billboard that the two have been “discussing” possibly doing a new Who project, even though Roger is unsure what that might be.
Daltrey said: “It’s just, ‘What do we do next?'” Adding: “It’s really, really difficult. I’m 75 [in March]; I just feel like doing something different, but I don’t know what.”
Roger also revealed that he’d like to release a live album documenting his 2018 solo tour, which featured him performing The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy with orchestral accompaniment. He’s also considering scheduling more shows this year to mark the album’s 50th anniversary.
“I’m absolutely astonished at how good [the live version of] it is,” he said: “It’s not like The Who’s original version of it. It’s got all the b**ls of The Who’s original version of it, but it’s got all these wonderful bits of orchestration underneath it that make it triumphant. It’s just magical.”
Daltrey’s orchestral Tommy concerts were orchestrated by veteran composer and arranger David Campbell, who is also alternative rocker Beck’s father. Roger also added that he’d also like to see what Campbell would do with Quadrophenia.
“There’s something about adding [Campbell] to the mix of what Pete’s already done, which is how we did Tommy, that makes something very special,” Daltrey maintained.
Meanwhile, Daltrey told Billboard that he isn’t interested in taking part in a 50th anniversary Woodstock event this summer.
“August in America is too hot for me to work anymore,” said Roger, adding, “You can’t redo Woodstock because the stars of Woodstock were the audience…Nobody’s approached us about it, anyway.”