Roger Daltrey: "Woodstock '69 was the worst Who gig"

News 13/08/2019

In a new interview, lead vocalist of the Who, Roger Daltrey said that equipment issues and delays prevented the band from playing until 5AM.

"You've got to remember, by the time we went on stage, we'd been standing in the mud for hours," Daltrey told The New York Times. "Or laying in it, or doing whatever in it.  It wasn't actually that muddy backstage, but it wasn't comfort, let's put it that way."

That's all you could do. Waiting, waiting, waiting. 

"We were young, and life is a lot easier when you're young. I wouldn't do that show now. Sod that. I'd walk away from it. I'm joking. No, I'd walk away and come back 10 hours later."

Daltrey admitted that he has never listened to the Who's Woodstock 1969 set to reassess it. He described it as the band's worst gig and has vivid memories of what happened.

"It was a particularly hard one for me, because of the state of the equipment," he said. "It was all breaking down. I'm standing in the middle of the stage with enormous Marshall 100-watt amps blasting my ears behind me. [Keith] Moon on the drums in the middle. I could barely hear what I was singing."

However, the festival was not a total disaster for him, noting the "fantastic" performance by Creedence Clearwater Revival and the crowd vibes.

"They were the stars," he described. "That half a million people put up with that crap for three days. That coming together of that community was, I think, the key to getting America out of Vietnam. That's when politicians actually started to take notice."