Pete Townshend on Roger Daltrey’s Feelings About His Who Bandmates

The Who played Woodstock in 1969, shortly after the release of their blockbuster album ‘Tommy.’ In a recent interview with Uncut, Pete Townshend commented on their performance. He also recalls Roger Daltrey feeling inferior to the rest of the band before their performance at the event. He elaborated: “At Woodstock, we went on at five a.m., when everyone was asleep, stoned, and exhausted.” We started playing ‘Listening To You I Get The Music [See Me, Feel Me]’ as the sun began to rise.” Pete said that the music got everyone up and dancing by saying: “Eventually, the entire audience rose to their feet. I believe this is due to the fact that it is a prayer, a tribute to the human soul. That’s quite magical. It has nothing to do with power. We’re just f*cking playing this music; the song is doing it.

” Roger, according to the guitarist, was transformed into a different rocker as a result of the festival. He stated, ” “I don’t know if Roger [Daltrey] thought he was doing it. I was often critical of Roger during that period, but he emerged from the Woodstock film as a rock god.” Roger, according to Townshend, was inferior to the rest of the band prior to Woodstock. The guitarist went on to say: “[Daltrey had just been] a short-haired singer in a band where Keith Moon, John Entwistle, and Pete Townshend were probably a bit more important than him.” However, when the rocker unveiled the festival, the band dynamics were turned upside down, and Roger was the star. Pete stated: “We may have gotten fewer birds, but we were more important than him.” Suddenly, he was not only on par with us, but also a central figurehead. It was a systemic transformation.”

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