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Saturday 24 March 2018

Daltrey: Music lacks lead singers

Roger Daltrey of The Who phas criticised the lack of singers who can lead bands (AP)
Roger Daltrey of The Who phas criticised the lack of singers who can lead bands (AP)

Who lead singer Roger Daltrey says there are not many contemporary stars who could "lead" a band - and he partially blames shows like American Idol for it.

Roger, 67, cited the likes of Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger and Eddie Vedder as some of music's best singers and bemoaned the industry of today for failing to produce similar stars.

He said: "A lot of the new people they choose on shows like American Idol and things like that - I don't ever hear lead singers. They always seem to choose to pick people that are great singers, fabulous singers, but they've never got the voice that makes a great lead singer."

Roger says there is one exception in today's music scene: Adele.

"I mean, I love Adele. That's a lead singer, that's the real deal," he said of the British soul singer, whose CD 21 is the year's top-selling album in the US and the UK.

Roger made the comments while promoting his latest tour, Roger Daltrey Performs The Who's Tommy, which kicked off earlier this month.

"I rediscovered how fabulous it is as a piece of music and I decided it needs to be heard," Roger said of The Who's 1969 album Tommy.

The CD, mostly composed by band mate and guitarist Pete Townshend, became a Broadway musical in 1993 while a film version was released in 1975. But Roger says his new tour gives him a chance to present his side of Tommy.

He added: "I loved the film, but it's Ken Russell's view of Tommy. The stage play was what it was, and that was Pete (Townshend) and (theatrical director) Des McAnuff's view of it. But to me it's always been the music that's important, and I can never get bored with that because it's brilliant.

"It's a classically written piece of music and I've never seen Tommy as one person, I've always seen Tommy as all of us," he continued. "We're all screaming see me, feel me, touch me, heal me."

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