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Roger Daltrey pissed off Pete Townshend over new The Who album

News 25/07/2019

Roger Daltrey has admitted that he angered his bandmate, Pete Townshend while working on a new album. 

The Who frontman believed that Townshend had written a "really great solo album" when first listening to the demos. Daltrey said that the upcoming album will mark their best work since 'Quadrophenia' (big claims here). Although the band has performed some new material on stage during their tour, they have yet to announce a release date for the new album.

Watch them perform 'Hero Ground Zero' below.

Daltrey told Uncut that he didn't like four or five out of twelve demos that Townshend had presented to him. Daltrey said, "I thought it was a great Pete Townshend solo album. I told him that. And he got quite angry! He said, 'I wrote them for you!' I said, 'Pete, I don't know how I can improve it.' I couldn't see myself climbing in."

Daltrey felt much better after being allowed to make tweaks to the demos. "So slowly but surely I climbed into it," he claims. "I don't think anyone's ever understood, including Pete, that doing what I do with his songs is certainly not fucking easy. You have to live them. Do I have to change the songs till I can mean them? Yes. It has to come from my heart. It can't come from my head. When it comes from my heart, I will touch you with those words. Sometimes, I have to change the words to make that possible."

Healthy Daltrey also ensured he was not spending more than three hours at a time to work on the new album despite the pressure to record his vocal tracks. "I don't let my voice get worn out at all these days," he said. "When I record, I like to do it like I'm a painter. I sketch. I dab notes on, and go away and live with it for a while. Then I went in one day, after I'd done all my sketches, and did the whole thing."

I have to say it's a far better Who album than it is a Pete Townshend album! I mean, I don't know what people want out of the Who anymore. But the songs are fabulous.

Daltrey also adds that Townshend remains as his "favourite all-time guitarist". "All the other guys are technicians and they're brilliant, and they might be fast and they might be slick. Townshend's always original. And that for me is everything. He's always searching," he says.