Roger Daltrey: The Who Can't Keep Doing Extended Tours
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.01.2014
Frontman explains why the new tour may be the last...
Roger Daltrey recently spoke with Billboard about the Who's 50th anniversary tour, which is expected to be the group's last. Check out the highlights:
Daltrey on the tour being 'the beginning of a long goodbye': "We cannot keep going on doing these month after month-long, extended tours. It's extremely hard, hard work. When we take civilians, as I call them, on the road with us they usually last about 10 days and they're exhausted, just by the grind of it. So we have to be realistic. The band got better reviews on their last tour (2012-13's Quadrophenia & More) than we had for years. It was incredibly enjoyable. But it was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age."
On the tour: "...it's not going to be the last things the Who will do. We're going to be doing events. We're going to be doing shows. We've always been there for charity shows; when people are in trouble and need a band for a charity show, we can do it. That's not going to change. But it won't be those long, extended tours."
On other Who ventures: "[We might] decide to do something in a theater, some small production where we sit down for two or three weeks in one town. that could be managed, 'cause we're not schlepping our bodies around. The joy of the stage is wonderful, but the traveling every day, it's exhausting."