The lead singer from The Who, Roger Daltrey, is opening up about how his time with the legendary band gave him one of the biggest surprises of all: three daughters.
“When three daughters arrived on my doorstep [unexpectedly in the ’90s, the products of relationships with women in the ’60s], I accepted them, and I love them very much,” Daltrey revealed during a recent interview. “I am very lucky.”
“I wouldn’t have been a good father when I was on the road,” the singer added about performing around the world with his bandmates Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon throughout the ’60s and ’70s. “There’s no point in wishing that I could have. I couldn’t.
As one of the most prolific bands of the ’60s and ’70s, The Who spent most of their time touring. The band’s tenure included a headlining gig at the iconic Woodstock festival in the summer of 1969. “We had no money, so we were sharing rooms, and it was chaos,” he said about the experience.
Roger Daltry’s Advice for Younger Fans
Daltrey, now 77-years-old, has eight children in total. Now, he’s traded destroying hotel rooms and partying for a quiet life in Sussex, England, with his second wife. However, he still sometimes goes on tour with the only surviving member of the band, Pete Townshend. Keith Moon and John Entwistle passed away in 1978 and 2002, respectively.
Although the band has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the loudest concert in history in 1976, Daltry also has some surprising advice for younger music fans.
“Young people should stop listening to such loud music. They don’t need to,” Daltrey said. “If your ears are ringing, you’ll pay. Pete and I both have to wear hearing aids, and it’s no fun taking them out; without them, life’s a mumble.”
In addition, Daltrey also describes playing with the classic rock band as “like sitting on a stool and trying to maintain balance after four drinks.” Surprisingly, although Daltrty’s voice appears on some of the world’s most well-known rock songs, he confessed he actually doesn’t like hearing his own voice.
“I love voices like Joan Armatrading, Smokey Robinson, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Plant, Paul Weller,” he revealed. “And Van Morrison — his voice is the same as it always was.”
As for being on the road and performing, the once loud, angry rocker now opts for handling whatever life throws at him in stride.
“I roll with things,” he says. “What’s the point of worrying? An Austrian physio I had in the Eighties would say, ‘What are you holding on to pain for? When you let go, it will be alright.’ That’s how I approach everything now.”