Although Pete Townshend is working on material for a new Who project, Roger Daltrey revealed that the band’s 2019 WHO album actually put him in the red. Daltrey spoke to Uncut and said, “Will there be another Who album? I don’t know. There’s no record market any more. Everybody talks about streaming, but have you seen what artists get from that? It’s a joke. It was great to have an album out there, something that the fans liked, and I was really proud of it. But far too much money was spent making it. It went out of control completely and ended up costing me money. I can’t go on doing that.”
He explained the mixed emotions he has with recording new Who music: “At the same time, I love exploring Pete’s songs. He’s such a different writer and so incredibly adept, musically. He’ll present me with demos that are very patchy on the vocal side, because he knows that I’ll get to the heart of it. It’s sometimes like entering a cave with no torch and four matches.”
Daltrey went on to detail how he approached the new Townshend material, explaining, “I’ll do a lot of takes in the dark before I find the glimmer of where it’s going. In the initial stages of a demo I’ll approach the song as though I’m painting a picture. It’s a canvas and I’m sketching and sketching, gradually building up what I feel a song needs to be in order to touch people.”
Over the summer, Roger Daltrey spoke candidly about future Who projects and the band being forced off the road due to the pandemic, during a webcast interview on TheWho.com. Daltrey answered fan questions posed by his old friend, and the band’s webmaster, famed artist Richard Evans.
- The Who’s 2019 album,WHO, entered the Billboard 200 at Number two behind Roddy Ricch‘s chart-topping Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial.
- WHO hit the UK charts at Number Three — and still marks the Who’s best charting album in the States since 1978’s Who Are You — which also peaked at Number Two.
- The Who’s previous studio set, 2006’s Endless Wire, only got as high as Number Nine in Britain.
DID YOU KNOW???
- The Who has yet to top the American albums charts — with 1973’s Quadrophenia, 1978’s Who Are You, 1981’s Face Dances, and 2019’s WHO all stalling at Number Two.
- The band’s career best in their homeland was in 1971 when Who’s Next peaked at Number One.
CHECK IT OUT: The Who on September 1st, 2019 performing “Hero Ground Zero” live at New York’s Madison Square Garden: