Roger Daltry, Pete Townsend, WHO discussed on Kickass News
Greatest albums of all time list. And Tommy. My generation who's next have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of fame. The WHO has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy Foundation Been Inducted into the rock and Roll Hall of fame and in two thousand and eight became the first rock band ever to be honored by the Kennedy Center. It's a long way from the Ragtag skiffle band that Roger. Daltry started with a few friends and a homemade guitar. Nineteen fifty nine now the lead vocalist and founder of the WHO writes about that wild musical journey in his new memoir titled. Thanks a lot. Mr Kibble white my story and today Roger. Daltry joins me on the podcast to talk about. How the hardships his parents experienced during the blitz in World War Two pave the way for his generation to shake things up two decades later he recalls what it was like to be the poster boys for the British Mod Revolution and why he never fully embraced that fad and sums up what it was like to play woodstock with one word chaos. He talks about how he and Peter Townsend pushed each other's creative boundaries. The WHO's Tommy. How he managed to resist the drug. Fueled excess of the nineteen sixties and seventies and how it led to quite a bit of tension between him and his bandmates. Especially the WHO's famously reckless drummer. Keith Moon He. Also reveals how he processed moons tragic death in nineteen seventy eight. How it led to the band's breakup in the early eighties and how a Silicon Valley Conman got the WHO to finally reunite years later coming up with rock and Roll Legend Roger. Daltry in just a moment. Roger Daltry is the lead vocalist and founding member of the legendary rock band. The WHO in a career that has spanned more than fifty years. He's produced eight solo albums in addition to his work with the WHO was inducted into the rock and Roll Hall of fame in Nineteen Ninety and received a Kennedy Center. Honor in two thousand eight now. He writes about is incredible rock and roll life in a new book. That's being called one of the best rock memoirs in recent memory. It's titled Thanks A lot. Mr Kibble White Mice Story Roger Daltry. Welcome to the show man. I WANNA start by going way back to pre who you were born during the blitz but not the one that most people think of it was what the V one rocket blitz at the end Yeah the people don't realize. The Bliss was on the east end of London which was on the dock area and we lived in west London but in nineteen forty. Four Hitler suddenly least his be one bombs on this which were like a jet engine propelled missile coming. And then it would start when everybody everybody's to just run because you never knew where for and that was kind of Code mini-blitz Operation Steinbach and this was nine hundred. Forty four an the twenty ninth of February where my mom started labor and she was determined was not going to be a leap year by jury. One of these areas so it must have been really hairy time because I. I can't imagine what my parents my whole family and every other family in Britain must have gone through through years to kind of go down a shelter comeback out and half the street will be missing just rubble and the similarity that un-american kind of draw for it on your shows apart from a kind of bloom bombs fell on the West Coast is nine eleven. Of course and yeah. Can you imagine the trauma that that goes? Well they were going down the shelters and coming up to that for almost five years. Yeah so you can imagine what it did to them. And you talk about the toll that it took on your parents but you also say that what they went through in the forties actually set the stage for your generation and what you guys would create in the sixties. Explain how that evolved through in the photo were by the war destroying everything we had no option to build London was level book. But what it did for us. It gave us a blank canvas of the mind who we were at generation coming up which became the first adolescent denies generation with a little bit of spare cash to spend his blank canvas to paint on and then from your country along comes over and of course every every young eleven twelve thirteen year old preview bessant into puberty youngster in England Mile. Wanted to be over his every female. Want you to give him a Hug. Very picky so we couldn't be but we we immediately gum from these very straight short back and sides haircuts rushed out to the bathrooms out of the bar of soap and slick to hear back because we couldn't afford anything like any kind of hair treatment to get the same look but the soap worked wonders so Saturday we were an and then along came. Mrk This music. Which was American early American folk song lead belly songs and chain gangs. Kong's APPALACHIA songs. Which was that were presented in? Our country is a musical skiffle by a guy here. But you have roots music right. Yeah and Lonnie Donnegan was the one you know a source of world that what what a dream existence that Mark B. Be Singing with already knew. I could sing because I being church choir. But when I saw Lonnie Donnegan. He sang songs and a Nikon of spoke to us in a different way and the way he sang them by the why he didn't look cool. Used to come on Edina jacket and a bow tie. It was way. He sang the songs he was. Singing changed on songs of plane. These are songs of anger. There was other stuff going on. Words Lonnie was. The one. Made me think I can do this. I I like to do this because long. Used to throw his head back off. Leisler someone just let rip just like Gospel Music uh-huh became something much deeper in the white touch me so every an- and the great thing about that music was that everybody could just get some kind of instrument you know. I made my first talk. We could have by it so I made my first kind of Acoustic Guitar by Copying One. Somebody lent my dad so I could get the size of hidden and look how it was made and I learned the free coast of which you could play most of these skiffle songs and of course. Why don't you get a guitar? Learn three chords and can start singing our songs. Someone else picks up something starts banging it. You get a washboard on some thimbles and you can get a rhythm section going on a tea chest which was a kind of two foot. Maybe two foot six square plywood box with a string fruita middle of the top open in the bottom a broomstick and a piece of string. You could make that sound every bit as good as the Double Bass. Yeah it's kind of fat Albert and his Junk Yard Band You. Yeah yes ban on every street very quickly had a school band. And that's where the the WHO. Oh my what became the WHO started. I had these my own from school. Harry Wilson. He very soon came in as a drama. When we we decided we move up from the washboard a real drum kit and then it slowly slowly progressed pro sixties Ya. Yeah and I suppose there plenty of people who might assume that the WHO began with Pete Townsend. But you started the band when you were in. What high school and somewhere along the way he auditioned and you brought him on. What did you think of Pete when he first met him? Well when it first came because you knew them before that yeah I will. I recognize them from school. I A year younger than me but Labor to kind of characters that you just could not hide in a crowd. I would nice now. That's that's the only way I can conduct. Explain Charisma had it. Even then I had it and I stood out in a crowd. You can hide them in crowd of five thousand especially Pete who who knows at the time was extremely prominent because we were just coming out of food rationing we incidentally nine hundred forty. Five was the worst year of the whole year when the war was over we had even less food for the first eighteen months because we had to share what little we had with Germans. A loaf of white bread was was it towards the middle of nineteen forty five consisted of half a loaf of chalk. Just my gut them. The amount and that's what we've been federal anyway. So I'd noticed them at school went an and the first one join me was John. Entwistle lived around the corner and I bumped into him on the street. Coming home from the sheet metal works factory where I worked and he was carrying a home-made Bass Guitar and I thought well some of my own kind of mentality you because I already made my first Electric Guitar by this time and I talk to John and he said he was in a band. He played trumpet most of the time but he was learning the Spice Guitar and he made himself. It was it wasn't much better than my one if if as good and I invited he you arguing the band. This has banned. And you know it's really good and we few youth clubs and things said to ask him if he was getting paid and he now he said you allotted yes was live through teeth so he invited me along. Sorry I invited him along to. The next rehearsal was abandoned. It was quite obvious John was a musical talent. There was no doubt about it. He Has. He had a musicality about him immediately. Obvious to me and he became vice play and at the time we used to have used to be on lead guitar. We had another guy call rage on rhythm guitar and he wasn't very good tool and John on base We have more make Harry on drums and we had a singer calling And we were kind of doing what cliff Richard Songs which the British all this ritual very soft and a little bit to a year announcing us. He was cliff Richard. We didn't but anyway after about six weeks said No. We're not GONNA get anywhere with reg on this rhythm guitarist. I know someone who would fit perfectly in his band and I said older. Yeah who's that? And he said what he's Pete and he's in Jabs jazz band with. He was in the jazz band with me and he played the Banjo. He said he's a great guitar player. Solace home bring him along them so we brought him a longer next week and there.