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1986-01-31 – The Advocate Messenger

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Daltrey celebrates Who with ‘Raging Moon9

By MARY CAMPBELL
AP Newsfeatures Writer

Roger Daltrey, vocalist of the Who from
its 1965 birth through the 1982 “Farewell
Tour," says that when people have asked
what he’d like to do most he has answered,
“Sing a song to celebrate the Who.”

He does that on his latest solo album on
Atlantic Records, “Under a Raging
Moon."

John Parr wrote the title song. Daltrey
says, ”It's about a Who show. It was the
producer’s idea to put seven drummers on
the end. It seemed like an outrageous Kit
Lambert (original Who producer) stroke
from the old days so I said, ‘Let’s go with
it.’

“It has come out exactly how I wanted it,
with that lovely live feeling about it.
Almostallthethingsthathappenedina
Whoshowareinonesong,evendowntolit~
tie things like it almost goes a bit out of
sync toward the end.

“Those were good days Itendedbecaise
Pete Tomhend didn't want to do it any
more. It was very sudden very shocking
and very painful.‘

“Under a Raging Moon" is Daltrey’s
fifth solo album. ”I’d love for the album to
make it possible to tour, with the hand I’ve
gotonthealhum. lt’samatterofgetting
emllghhitstogetpeopleinthedoonlt
wouldbeachimtiigtasktounn'withsongs
people didn't know. I‘m very positive about
thisalhuln; it’sabloodygoodalhum.

“I'ddoWhosolgsonashow. I‘mnotrun-
nil; away from that any more. I‘m proud
dwhtwedid.Mymagonafldhn

said I wouldn't have made another record,
I was so heartbmken at the end of the
Who."

Bob Geldof approached Townshend,
Daltrey, J ohn Entwistle and Kenney J ones
about reuniting for Live Aid. Daltrey says.
“We all said we’d do it individually but
made it quite clear, especially myself and
John Entwistle, we didn’t want to do it as a
group. We’d all suffered a very painful
three years.

“Geldof said the difference between us
doing it individually and as a band might
be a few million dollars in what got pledged
on the phones. You can’t really argue with
that, it is such a good cause."

The satellite failed in America and
Europe during the Who's performance.
Daltrey says, “So many people tuned in, it
overloaded. That’s what we like to say. It’s
a good story.

“I thought it sounded not bad for a
retired rock ‘n' roll band that hadn’t played
torthreeymrs. We reheaisedabouthalfan
hour. It’s nice to leave a bit of danger
there, leaving room for a spark.

“Rock‘n’rollisnotahoutplayingthe
right notes. It’s about doing it in the right
way and I think we did that. It sparked for
me. I gave it everything I had."

When Daltrey started wording “Under
a RagingMoon," hesays, “I had 1050135.!
Iiketogoinwitliatleastlz.0nedidn't
work. Iwasinarestawantdiscussimwith
a friend that I was one song short. Who
should come in but Pete Tm He
said, ‘Jimthehlokelwanttosee. I'vegot

thismfor you.’

“He said it has to come out now and it
doesn’t fit his solo album. He rushed over a
demo that afternoon with a sheet of alter-
nate lyrics. It was finished within two days
of meeting him in the restaurant. I was
running out of studio time.

“I had lots of singles potential and some
album tracks — which you need. I needed
one great track and it came out of thin air
like that and was the icing on the cake."
The song, “After the Fire,” is the single.

Daltrey says, “Pete wrote one song for
me before, ‘Rough Boys.’ He recorded it
before .I got to it. This time I didn't give him
a chance to take it back.”

He and Towmhend will do a project next
year but he can't talk about it yet, Dalh'ey
says. “I’ve told him any time he wants to
go on the road I'll play a set, he’ll play a set
andwecandoasettogether.1t‘dmakea
fabulous show. He’s still of the same mind
aswhenheletttheWho. Heneverwantsto
go on the road again But never say
‘.never ‘"

After visingaltrey’swife’sparentsin
Connecticut, the Daltreys returned home to
Sussex. England Ddh'ey says. “I'll do a
five-part show called ‘Buddy’ on BBC. It’s
not only adventure; it deals with relation—
ships and adoleoent feeling. I play the
fatherdatem—ager. I’manoldteddyboy,
madly into Buddy Holly and all tho "

Was Daltrey madlyintoBuddy Holly? “I
certainly was. Wasn’t everybody? How
could you not be?"

Dalu'ey played Macheath in Jam
Miller’s BBC m d “'11:: W’s
0pca.”Henys. “Wediditlive,asan

opera. The orchestra was in the next studio
with a conductor who could see our action.
That was a tall order. They cut the intros to
all the songs. They’d say, ‘The song starts
when she pulls my collar and it starts with
a vocal.’

“I played Macheath as a villain. All this
jolly highwayman stuff never really rubb-
ed with me. A highwayman isn't jolly. They
werethedregsoftheearth.lsawhimasa
bit of a worm. I’d like to do it on stage
someday.”

Daltrey did his first comedy acting as
both Dromios in Shakespeare’s “Measure
for Measure," shown on British and
American TV. He says, “I toyed with join-
ing the Royal Shakespeare Company. It’s a
year out of my life; I’m not ready for that
at this point. I'll do it one day.

“I think maybe somebody like me could
bring something.1hadletters from kick
saying they want to see more Shakespeare.
It’sthatthingofgettingsomeonetocon—
cenh'ate past a four-mimte video."

Since the movie “McVicker,” he hasn’t
had movie offers. “It’s a shame. I think
that performance daerva a few offers,
afta'whatl'veseenothu-so-calledrock

He likes being 41, Daltr'ey says. “I can
dealwithanthelittlethimlhaven'theen
ahletodealwithintheputluedtohein—