The Who's Roger Daltrey thinks his voice will go "within five years"; discusses band's new tour and album

Written by on July 3, 2019

ABC/Richard CartwrightWho fans that want to see the band live might want to do it sooner than later, as frontman Roger Daltrey says he may not be able to adequately belt out the group’s classic tunes for much longer.

“Obviously within the next five years I think my voice will go,” the 75-year-old singer tells Billboard. “Age will get it in the end.”

Having said that, Roger adds, “It’s still there at the moment.”

That’s good news, since The Who’s next concert takes place this Saturday at London’s Wembley Stadium, and the band also will launch a new North American leg of its orchestral Moving On! Tour on September 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Daltrey says both he and band mate Pete Townshend are pleased with how the trek is going, noting that it’s giving audiences a chance to experience The Who’s music “in a whole new way.” Roger hopes the tour can be extended into 2020.

Daltrey also is excited about The Who’s upcoming studio album, which doesn’t have a title or release date yet. He says the project “is turning out really much better than I ever thought it could be.”

Roger reports that the band has recorded nine tracks that he considers “absolutely fabulous,” and reveals that some of them will feature orchestration. He also says he’s expecting one or two more songs to be added to the record before it’s done.

Daltrey describes the new material as “typical Townshend,” adding, “He’s still got the bite and that knack of creating songs with the earworm that climbs into you.”

Roger says doing the album gave Pete the chance to show that he’s not just resting on his laurels.

“He’s still current,” Daltrey maintains, “and the stuff he’s writing now will prove that.”

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