CR AWARDS: Roger Daltrey
Rog on The Who’s Quadrophenia winning Classic Album.
Classic Album Award (sponsored by Ear Music)
Winner: The Who’s Quadrophenia
Hi Roger, are you having a good time?
Roger Daltrey: I think so. I’m so jetlagged; I’ve just got off a plane from LA so I’m two parts to the wind, and sideways.
Have you seen a lot of old mates this evening?
Yeah, very much so. The Classic Rock Awards is not quite as good as going down to the pub, but it’s the next best thing [laughs].
After 38 years why are people still talking about Quadrophenia?
Because [Pete] Townshend won’t shut up about it. No, seriously. It’s a fabulous album. In making it we were incredibly audacious and in some ways incredibly pretentious, but at least we had big ideas. The music on that album is superb; there’s nothing else like it. It might have been a rock album but listen to it and it was classically structured, just like Tommy was.
Is it the band’s best album, for you?
[Sounding mildly exasperated]: He [Pete Townshend] thinks it’s his own best album, and also The Who’s. But, personally, I don’t. I don’t think there is a best one, though there are loads of great ones for different reasons. Who’s Next  is the best for one set of reasons, just like Tommy is the definitive one for another. In a way, it’s a stupid question.
Do you ever get tired of singing the Quadrophenia songs?
I never get tired of any of Pete’s songs.
What are your gut instincts: Will The Who tour or record again, do you think?
I can’t answer that. There’s nobody else in the world I want to play with again more than Pete. But the thing I want least in the world is to do another tour with The Who and have a deaf composer on my hands [Townshend’s hearing has deteriorated badly in recent years]. I don’t know how to deal with that. I’ve also got a few problems, with my voice and my own ears. We’re getting old. So things will have to change. I’m being really, really honest: If it’s going to happen then we’ll have to reinvent the way we do it.
The mind is willing but the body less so…?
[Nodding]: All I can tell you is that all of the people I’ve ever played with in my life, Pete is the one I want to continue working with. I just want to be with him; there’s a magic between us and that’s The Who. The Who is not him and it’s not me, it’s something that we do together. It’s like the difference between CDs and vinyl – the technicians can tell you that there’s no difference, but in terms of feel there’s an enormous difference. It’s there in the ether. There is something between the noughts and the zeros, and there’s where you’ll find The Who.
(Interview: Dave Ling)
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