Roger Daltrey

You’re better off being a brick layer if you’re going to play guitar than a sheet metal worker.
Roger Daltrey

Well, for the My Generation album, there was nothing to be nervous about in them days. We used to take every day as it came. Every day was just a gig and I think we did the recording between gigs literally.
Roger Daltrey

We weren’t wealthy but we definitely weren’t poor. We were incredibly rich because there was a wonderful community in Shepherd’s Bush, where I grew up. All my friends were into villainy and crime.
Roger Daltrey

We were too rough at the edges to be a pop group.
Roger Daltrey

We lived the life with Keith Moon. It was all Spinal Tap magnified a thousand times.
Roger Daltrey

Part of the early Who career was all about knocking people’s confidences out.
Roger Daltrey

No, I was two years older than the other guys. I was a war baby. My family were a lot poorer than they were. I’d had to fight too hard for anything I had in my life and to smash things up for me.
Roger Daltrey

My love for the band is still there. It hasn’t changed, maybe that’s why it’s so painful these days.
Roger Daltrey

Monterey, I remember, but I seem to remember the Fillmore West, that we played the week before Monterey. That was much more memorable for me. The first time in San Francisco. They were good gigs.
Roger Daltrey

In those days I don’t’ think they were even demos.
Roger Daltrey

I wanted to be in a band that shared ideas and were in it together.
Roger Daltrey

I think Pete did have a hard time as a kid with his appearance. But don’t all kids have a hard time? God, I had a hard time, too. I was little with bow legs and rickets. I used to get picked on like everybody used to get picked on.
Roger Daltrey

I think if Keith Moon was here today and you asked him to recall most of his early life or most of his life, he wouldn’t be able to recall it.
Roger Daltrey

I love Sell Out, I think it’s great. I love the jingles. The whole thing as an album is a wonderful piece of work. The cover. Everything about it. It’s got humor, great songs, irony.
Roger Daltrey

I know without our fans and the devotion of our fans we wouldn’t be here. I don’t mean to put them down, but I’m just stating a fact that it is hard to play to people that see you all the time and it takes a lot of fun out of it in some ways.
Roger Daltrey

I don’t think there’s any way it could have failed. We don’t know failure in this band. We didn’t know failure. We got to know it a little after awhile but at that time there was no such word.
Roger Daltrey

I don’t like Tommy on Broadway at all. I like the music, I’m pleased with Pete’s success but I don’t like what they’ve done to it.
Roger Daltrey

I don’t know many singers who actually do like the sound of their own voice.
Roger Daltrey

I call it fan fatigue. I went to see Bob Dylan last year, who I think is absolutely incredible, but he suffers from his audience.
Roger Daltrey

I always used to develop a cold going into the studio.
Roger Daltrey

First of all, you have to understand that I’m like anybody else. When I hear my voice on a record I absolutely loathe my voice. I cannot stand my voice.
Roger Daltrey

But contrary to what some people seem to think, I was never a bully. I was just a hard man.
Roger Daltrey

All you could do was to see them. We were backstage when the Beatles were on and you could just about hear a noise. It was just literally screaming.
Roger Daltrey

Unless you’ve been touched personally, it’s difficult to see, but there are millions of people who have no voice whatsoever.
Roger Daltrey

I hope I die before I get old.
Roger Daltrey

We tend to think of age only in time, but I don’t think it has much to do with time at all; there’s a whole load of other things. I’ve met 16-year-olds who are old and 90-year-olds who are young.
Roger Daltrey

You have to keep fit being a singer – that’s part of the job. You can’t do it unless you have incredible stamina.
Roger Daltrey

I enjoy singing; being in touch with something that is inside of me.
Roger Daltrey

I never understood that if you sweat as much as I used to every night, you drain your body of salts. So I got very, very, seriously ill. I got to the stage where I was almost hospitalized with serious problems.
Roger Daltrey

I don’t over-sing anymore, which I used to suffer from terribly because I couldn’t hear myself.
Roger Daltrey

My feeling was that I simply didn’t have the enthusiasm to do reinvention.
Roger Daltrey

I’ve always felt that music is an art form that deserves to live the life of the artist.
Roger Daltrey

European fisheries are a disaster. The American fisheries are well-kept.
Roger Daltrey

You can do too much and oversell your market.
Roger Daltrey

I can’t retire.
Roger Daltrey

Every generation of rock musician will understand that we wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of teenagers buying the records.
Roger Daltrey

I live 50 miles from London and we’ve got some of the highest levels of teenage and childhood poverty in the country. It’s disgusting. Just because it’s a rural area, it gets forgotten.
Roger Daltrey

I’m not anti-fox hunting because, to me, shooting foxes is even worse and the results are horrendous.
Roger Daltrey

I don’t care what people say about me.
Roger Daltrey

I know my faults, but I’m comfortable with me.
Roger Daltrey

I’m not always the most diplomatic person.
Roger Daltrey

I’ve never wanted to be anyone other than who I am.
Roger Daltrey

I feel there must be an enormous amount of really talented songwriters out there who can’t sing.
Roger Daltrey

I used to be a great blues singer.
Roger Daltrey

I don’t have any illusions anymore. The illusion that rock ‘n’ roll could change anything – I don’t believe that. I’ve changed.
Roger Daltrey

You know, I was a school rebel. Whatever they said do, I didn’t do. I was totally anti-everything.
Roger Daltrey

Fifty per cent of rock is having a good time.
Roger Daltrey

I had me jaw broken, and so my chin stuck way out. That’s how I became tough – I learned to pick up anything and fight back.
Roger Daltrey

I have deliberately kept singing because I have to at my age. If I stopped for even a year my voice would slowly deteriorate until it’s not there at all. That’s a fact about getting to my age.
Roger Daltrey

I’m realistic about my age and realistic about the fact that there’s an awful lot less in front of me than there is behind me. I’ve always felt that music is an art form that deserves to live the life of the artist.
Roger Daltrey

Imagine if you could go watch Mozart today, even if it’s the last, crappiest show he ever played. What a thrill that would be.
Roger Daltrey

I don’t think you should ever say, ‘This is the last time’. Music isn’t like that. You’ll be sitting there not wishing to get onto a stage again for maybe two, three, four, five months, or maybe a year, then suddenly you’ll wake up and feel like you’ve got to do it again. It’s in the blood, and I never say never.
Roger Daltrey

I thought if I lost the band, I was dead. If I didn’t stick with the Who, I would be a sheet metal worker for the rest of my life.
Roger Daltrey

I’m a rock god? I’m five foot seven. I had me jaw broken, and so my chin stuck way out. That’s how I became tough – I learned to pick up anything and fight back… A rock god!
Roger Daltrey

Who would have ever thought that I’d end up saying that I want to be an all-around entertainer? But that’s what I want to be.
Roger Daltrey

Rock & roll was the only thing I wanted to get into.
Roger Daltrey

I love Adele. That’s a lead singer; that’s the real deal.
Roger Daltrey

A lot of the new people they choose on shows like ‘American Idol’ and things like that – I don’t ever hear lead singers. They always seem to choose to pick people that are great singers, fabulous singers, but they’ve never got the voice that makes a great lead singer.
Roger Daltrey

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