In a recent interview, Roger Daltrey explained his experiences working with Pete Townshend on the upcoming album from The Who.
“Pete presented me with 12 demos,” the the founding member and lead singer of the rock band said in the interview published in the new issue of Uncut. “And there were four, maybe five, of them which I really didn’t like.”
“I thought it was a great Pete Townshend solo album. I told him that. And he got quite angry!” Daltrey added. “He said, ‘I wrote them for you!’ I said, ‘Pete, I don’t know how I can improve it.’ I couldn’t see myself climbing in. I don’t know why. Maybe my passion for The Who’s started to disappear.”
Daltrey said he made some changes to the lyrics after getting permission from Townshend, allowing the songs to come from his heart.
“So slowly but surely I climbed into it,” Daltrey said. “I don’t think anyone’s ever understood, including Pete, that doing what I do with his songs is certainly not f*cking easy. You have to live them.”
“Do I have to change the songs till I can mean them? Yes. It has to come from my heart. It can’t come from my head,” he added. “When it comes from my heart, I will touch you with those words. Sometimes I have to change the words to make that possible.”
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