The Who: Roger Daltrey hasn’t seen Pete Townshend for two years ‘I don’t miss him’

The Who: Roger Daltrey walks off midway through concert

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Just before the pandemic shit down live shows across the globe, The Who had faced their own shock premature ending for that year’s Moving On! Tour. Daltrey walked offstage mid-show in Houston after experiencing vocal problems and ill health. Townshend had to tell a confused crowd that the concert was over. Since then, Daltrey says they haven’t seen each other because they don’t have “that kind of relationship.” SCROLL DOWN TO LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW

Speaking to BBC Radio, he said: “We have completely different lives, but you know, who knows where it will go…? I don’t know where it will go in the future. All I know is we won’t see each other now probably until Spring. I haven’t seen him for two years. Do I miss seeing him? No. I know what he looks like…

“I’ll see him when I see him, that space between us doesn’t exist because our brains are somewhere else.And when we get together, it’s that creative thing that will still be there, I’m confident that it will be.”

Daltrey also said he welcomed the friction between them when they are performing or in the studio.

Daltrey said: “People don’t quite understand our relationship. There’s creative friction, which is healthy, you’ve got to have that.

“Like an artist who’s performing on stage, if they never get criticized, they can die from sycophancy because how can they know where they’re going unless they hit a wall and get a reflection of what they’re doing? You know? So, friction is necessary, it’s good.”

There’s a deep connection between the two of us, but we’re not in-our-pocket friends, you know. It’s not like that, but the creative process that we can conjure up between us is incredibly healthy, and there’s an awful lot of love in the relationship, that’s all I can say.”

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Like every major rock band, there have been many and varied notorious moments since they formed in 1964 – often (and is also usual with rock bands) rooted in alcohol and drug issues.

Daltrey spoke about how his bandmate turned to booze when they started to enjoy their first major success after the single My Generation and the 1965 album of the same name.

He said: “Pete, as the pressure of writing hit and he started to make money – and obviously as he was the writer he was making lots of money – sadly the pressure got to him and he got hooked on the booze and his Doctor Jekyll started coming out.”

He also chuckled as he remembered one of the reasons the band still didn’t have any money, despite becoming successful.

Daltrey spoke of the iconic moment which launched the band’s legendary habit of smashing up their instruments on stage., including expensive guitars like Rickenbackers which sell for thousands these days,

He said: “It started by accident at a little club called the Railway Hotel in Harrow and Wealdstone (in North West London) and Pete played in a certain way and hit the neck of the guitar on the ceiling. It was a very low ceiling, it broke the neck at the top. Pete was at art schooled studying Gustav Metzger’s auto-destructive art, and decided that he’d suddenly become Gustav Metzger in The Who and destroy the bloody thing. It was incredibly painful for me to watch because for the first three years I was making the guitars.”

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