Roger Daltrey addresses new music from The Who: “What’s the point?”

“We released an album four years ago, and it did nothing,” Daltrey said in a new interview

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey has given his opinion on the idea of the group making new music, asking, “What’s the point?”

In a new interview with NME, Daltrey addressed the question of the possibility of new music from The Who following their one-off Teenage Cancer Trust show in London and two-leg North American ‘Hits Back!’ tour last year. The frontman asked in reply, “What’s the point? What’s the point of records?”

“We released an album four years ago [2019’s WHO], and it did nothing,” he continued. “It’s a great album too, but there isn’t the interest out there for new music these days. People want to hear the old music. I don’t know why, but that’s the fact.”

The Who’s fanbase ranges “from 80-years-old, all the way down to eight-years-old”, Daltrey explained, adding, “We’ve got quite a lot of young people in our audience these days. It’s quite interesting that they’re picking up on our music. But record companies, they just don’t do the same job as they used to.”

The Who have recently announced an appearance at National Transport Trust Vintage Transport Festival at Fawley Hill from the 27 to 29 May. The festival will be the group’s first performance since finishing their North American tour, with The Who set to play a one-off gig before Daltrey, a known train enthusiast, takes the wheel of a steam train sometime during the weekend.


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